Fire cupping - is
said to have predated traditional needle acupuncture and cupping sets can be
found in some Asian stores, depending on your geographic location. The way that
fire cupping works is that the air in the cups is heated and then placed upon
the skin. If there is a good seal onto the skin then the result is that a vacuum
is created and the skin will be partially pulled into the cup.
Some will wipe alcohol directly on the skin and then quickly
place the cup over the area. Done correctly this will extinguish the fire and
create a vacuum. Another method is to hold the cup over an open flame until it
is warm and then apply it to cool skin. Yet another method involves placing
small disks with cotton balls soaked in alcohol on them onto the skin. The
cotton is then ignited and a cup is placed over the disk. It is important to
note that the disk must be flame resistant and slightly smaller than the mouth
of the cup.
Fire cupping will typically leave small, round marks on the
body that may last for days. If a single area is cupped again and again, a deep
bruise may form and not disappear for some time.
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