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Cupping

An exotic way to stimulate the body's nerve meridians—and treat chronic pain, asthma and depression along the way.

How often should cupping be done?

Jeff Shuman (East Hartford, CT) on Sep 21, 2012
Cupping works best when performed in multiple sessions over a period of time. The specific length and frequency of cupping therapy will depend the desired result, along with the specific type of work needed. For example, a detox treatment can be done in one session or several - it depends on the level of toxins in the body. Treatment of a muscular condition may require several short sessions over a period of a few weeks.
Kathleen Rosenblatt (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 21, 2012
Cupping should be done periodically, depending on the gravity of the patient's condition. I myself prefer the massage technique Gua Sha, which achieves the same results as cupping but which is more manageable and controllable, allowing for an immediate adjustment in case of even minor discomfort. Gua Sha seems to move the stagnant blood more easily to the surface, allowing oxygenated blood to enter the tissue and relieve any tightness, pain or spasm. It is an amazing technique and must be seen to be believed. Cupping is also quite effective but more unpredictable.
Lee Windhawk (Saint Peters, MO) on Sep 21, 2012
Once a week, or as needed.
Rachel Tan (San Rafael, CA) on Sep 21, 2012
It depends. It can be used daily, weekly, or monthly by some people, while others cannot use cupping at all.
Samuel Michael (New York City, NY) on Sep 21, 2012
Cupping is one of the most renowned and widespread of folk medicines, and is useful for a whole host of everyday conditions, from minor bruising to infections. Generally,any time there is excessive stagnation, whether in a muscle, in the lungs, or in the blood or lymph, cupping can be employed. By creating a vacuum, cupping creates space for stagnant energy to clear. Though simple in design, cupping should not be underestimated: Cupping can determine the difference between life or death in many conditions, including severe pneumonia and a broken rib cage, and can be relaxing and pleasant for the physically fit and healthy as well.
Yolie Amezcua (Phoenix, AZ) on Sep 21, 2012
As often as you want.
Jeremy Cornish (Naperville, IL) on Sep 21, 2012
As soon as the marks have faded, give it another go. Repeat. You'll notice the marks are usually less dramatic each time. Keep going until barely any marks show up.
Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 21, 2012
Cupping is a wonderful therapy! When it is performed on a client correctly, reddish-purple circular spots appear on the skin. This is entirely normal and the spots should disappear in 2 to 5 days. These marks are caused by the release of toxins, and stagnation of qi and blood. In answer to your question, the frequency of cupping therapy will depend on when your marks disappear and when you think you need a treatment. Cupping is effective for back pain, chest congestion, tummy aches, and achiness in the upper legs.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Cupping can be done as often as two times a week usually. If the cupping left severe red marks, most physicians will wait until the marks go away. Some patients come in for weekly cupping sessions for stress and tension, while others come as needed for lung or skin issues. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 27, 2012
If you are talking about the massage stroke. It is dependent on the practitioner. Most therapist who use classical styles end their sessions with tapotement which involves for of tapping and cupping to bring the clients muscles back into active firing after a long massage.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
For what condition?
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
Depending of the diagnosis can be done once or many times. I will need more information about your case Thanks Dr Maria Baraybar Lee
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Cupping can be done quite regularly as often as 3 times per week, however, its best to let the bruises heal fully before you use this therapy again.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Cupping can be done quite regularly as often as 3 times per week, however, its best to let the bruises heal fully before you use this therapy again.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Once in 24 hours.
Jesse Freeman (Mansfield, TX) on Oct 4, 2012
At least once a month
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
1-2/week portia
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
it can be done pending on the problem but I sugest to get acupunture also
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
it can be done pending on the problem but I sugest to get acupunture also
Johanna Wasen (Blue Ash, OH) on Oct 1, 2012
It depends upon the reason for the treatment. Is it a chronic or acute? I would need more information as to accurately answer your question.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
The number of sessions varies per person, however, maximum frequency is twice a week for some specific cases. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions are recommended for stress reduction. The sessions last about 15-20 minutes.