Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

Cupping therapy uses localised suction at strategic points of the body to mobilise the flow of Blood and Qi and promote healing. One way to think of cupping therapy is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull the skin tissue and muscles upwards. Cupping therapy can be a standalone treatment and is often combined with acupuncture.

At Tiempe, cupping involves placing a plastic cup on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning the air out using a pump. The underlying tissue is then raised or ‘sucked’ part way into the cup. The cups are usually left on the skin for a few minutes, the exact time being dependent on the nature of the area and condition being treated. The cups can be left in place in a static position, known as fixed cupping or the skin might be lubricated with a natural oil and the cups moved over the skin. This is known as moving cupping.

Cupping has been shown to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help improve flow through veins, arteries and capillaries, activate skin defences, lessen stretch marks and improve varicose veins.

Cupping is usually used as a health treatment but it can also be incorporated into an Acuesthetics treatment plan, for example using it to reduce stress and tension in the neck and shoulders that in turn is reflected in the face, causing frown lines and wrinkles.

Cupping FAQs

What are the contra-indications for cupping therapy?

There are a number of serious health conditions for which cupping therapy is not recommended, including cardiac failure, renal failure ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis, haemorrhagic diseases such as allergic purpura, haemophilia and leukaemia, and dermatitis or allergic dermatitis. Cupping should not be carried out in the area where a hernia has occurred and Tiempe practitioners will not carry out cupping on pregnant women.

Does cupping leave marks on the skin after the treatment?

Cupping often leaves a circular shaped bruise-like mark which can take several days to disappear. This mark is not normally painful and does not require any special aftercare.

Does Tiempe carry out wet cupping?

No, Tiempe DOES NOT carry out wet cupping, only dry cupping is used.

How is cupping used as part of a Tiempe Acuesthetics® Treatment?

Cupping can be incorporated into a Tiempe Acuesthetics® Treatment Banquet, however cups are not used directly on the face. Rather, they are used on the back, neck and shoulder areas. For example, the back has several acupuncture points that are useful for the treatment of the face and cups can be used to stimulate these points in place of needles. Cupping is also very useful for treating an eliminating tension and stress in the upper back, neck and shoulders which in turn impacts on the face.