Risako Yamamoto, MS, L.Ac.                         Certified, Experienced Acupuncturist & Healer

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A common cupping session involves several glass cups which are heated from the inside by utilizing a cotton ball or another flammable material, which is then immersed in alcohol, lit, then put into the cups. Burning inside the cup takes away most of the oxygen, which makes for a great vacuum. 
While the material burns, the glass cup is moved upside-down by the acupuncturist and placed on top a particular area of the skin. This vacuum formed by the absence of oxygen holds the cup onto a patients’ body and sucks the skin upward inside the glass while the air in the cup begins to cool. Pulling the skin upward is believed to open up pores. This promotes the stimulation of blood flow, resets qi, breaks down obstructions, and opens a gate for toxins to be sucked out of one’s body.

Hinging off of the condition that’s being catered to, these cups would remain in place for about 5 to 10 minutes. Several of these cups could be put on someone’s at a time. Some acupuncturists might add small amounts of special medicated oils or herbal oils to the patients’ skin right before the cupping session begins. This allows the practitioner slide the glass cups up and down specific acupoints after they’ve been applied.


This technique is used mainly to treat and focus on respiratory issues like various asthmas and different forms of bronchitis, as well congestions. Cupping is also frequently used for arthritis discomfort; various gastrointestinal problems; as well as minimizing swelling and particular kinds of pain. Some acupuncturists similarly utilize this method to help those with depression and anxieties. Fleshy locations of the body, like the stomach and the back and to a lower degree of cases, the legs and arms, are the preferred areas by practitioners for treatment.

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