to furnish cupping or gua sha treatment(s). Cupping and gua sha have been explained to me, and I understand that cupping therapy will leave bruise-like marks that will last several days depending on the severity of my condition. While most marks fade and disappear after a few days, there are times when marks could take up to 15 days to clear and in rare cases, it has been reported that marks have taken up to 21 days to fully clear. These areas of bruising or discoloration are typically not painful, but can on occasion have soreness, itching and there may be soreness in the surrounding muscles.
Cupping and gua sha are specialized therapeutic treatments, not a novelty and should be treated accordingly. Your practitioner will determine which areas are most appropriate for cupping, which type of cupping methods should be used, how many cups should be applied, and the length of time the cups should remain on and which cupping techniques (stationary, moving, etc.) to employ.
This is not a service in which the patient should expect to dictate the terms of the service such as in some somatic therapies. When using fire cupping there are rare occasions that blisters have occurred, either from the heat or from fluids being drawn to the surface by the cups and on occasion, however unlikely, a patient may experience a burn from the heated cups or heating implement. Small blisters should be left alone to heal on their own, while larger blister should be drained and dressed by the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner.
I understand that cupping/gua sha can be a “detoxifying” treatment process and as a result, I may feel nauseous or unwell following treatment. Drinking water and taking Vitamin C has been reported to relieve these symptoms quickly. In some cases headaches and minor body aches may be experienced.
- Hemophilia or other bleeding/clotting disorders
- Patients taking blood thinners
- Weak patients or those who have been ill
- Abdomen and lower back on pregnant women, unless indicated by the practitioner
- Diabetics. Especially those with uncontrolled blood sugar as they may not be able to feel pain properly
- Those who are unable to experience heat or pain properly
- Those who have circulatory conditions
- Those who are unsure if their condition is contraindicated should seek guidance from their primary care physician prior to receiving therapy