Fire cupping is an ancient therapeutic technique that involves placing cups, typically made of glass, bamboo, or silicone, on the skin to create a vacuum seal. This seal is generated by briefly heating the inside of the cup with fire to remove the air and then quickly placing it on the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a suction effect, causing the skin to be drawn into the cup.
During a fire cupping session:
Preparation: The practitioner uses a cotton ball or a piece of gauze soaked in alcohol to briefly ignite a flame inside the cup. Once the flame extinguishes, the practitioner swiftly places the cup upside down on the skin.
Suction: As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum that gently pulls the skin upward into the cup. Multiple cups might be placed on different areas of the body, and they may remain stationary or be moved around depending on the practitioner's technique.
Duration: Cups are typically left in place for several minutes, although the duration can vary depending on the treatment goal and the individual's tolerance.
Cupping therapy can sometimes leave temporary circular marks or bruises on the skin, known as "cupping marks." These marks are a result of the suction and usually fade within a few days.
While some people find fire cupping beneficial, scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness for various health claims is still limited. It's essential to consult a qualified practitioner before undergoing cupping therapy, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns.