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What is Cupping Ba Guan?

Cupping Ba Guan therapy, a traditional form of alternative medicine, has been used for ages. This therapy involves placing special cups on the skin for several minutes to produce suction. It helps in relieving pain and inflammation, promotes blood flow, relaxes the body and mind and can serve as a deep tissue massage.

How Cupping Ba Guan Works?

Suction from cupping draws fluid into the treated area. This suction force expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under the skin. Your body treats the cupping area like an injury. It sends more blood to the area to stimulate the natural healing process. This helps to clear the pores and releases toxins.

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Benefits Of Cupping Ba Guan

Cupping is an ancient form of therapy that involves the placement of heated cups on the skin to create suction. It can be used in various ways, such as stationary cupping, massage cupping, flash cupping, wet cupping and acupuncture cupping - which can even be combined to treat different medical conditions. Cupping, a drug-free technique, is widely used to alleviate muscle ache/strain as well as other common medical issues such as acne, obesity, shingles, upper respiratory syndrome and headache. It can also be used for menstruation cramps and general wellness. Furthermore, it has been known to help with certain gastrointestinal problems.

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Combat Fatigue  &

Increase Relaxation

Reduces Pain & Muscle Soreness and Tension

Improves Circulation, Energy &


Clear heat-toxins, increase energy flow in meridian channels

Restores Yin-yang Balance & Improves Immune System

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What Does Cupping Ba Guan Treats?

Cupping may ease symptoms of:

Types Of Cupping Ba Guan Methods

Hot Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a form of therapy known to help with many health issues. It involves placing a heat source, such as a cotton ball or match, in a glass cup. The heat source is removed quickly after that, creating a negative air pressure in the cup. When done correctly, the skin will be gently pulled up into the cup.

Cupping therapy may provide an additional bonus of warming the skin; however, the amount of skin that is drawn into each cup can be quite different. . Variable factors include: the size of the cup, type of heat source, amount of time cup is heated, amount of time in-between heating the cup and placing the cup on the body, and practitioner’s awareness of desired effect.

Wet Cupping Therapy

Wet Cupping Therapy is a practice that involves the use of small blades or needles to create microscopic cuts into the skin. After an individual has started to bleed, suction cups are then placed on the area to draw out the blood quickly and effectively. This method is more aggressive than other types of cupping therapies.

The objective of Wet Cupping is to increase blood flow and circulation and while decreasing stagnation or pooling of “bad” blood. Because of potential legalities, and proper clean up procedures required by law associated with Wet Cupping (i.e. handling blood) our doctors do not use any forms of Wet Cupping Therapy.

Dry Cupping Therapy

Dry Cupping is a popular way of providing suction and massage through the use of cups. It involves a set amount of air pressure that cannot be exceeded under any circumstances. This standardization helps the practitioner to control the results from each session better and in a more secure manner.

Dry Cupping Therapy is achieved via a vacuum suction effect. A machine or hand pump is used to pull the air out of the top of the cup.

What Does Cupping Ba Guan Marks Mean?

  • Dark purple-black marks: Lack of blood, heavy stagnation

  • Purple with small dark spots within the cupping mark: “Cold” Blood stasis, overconsumption of cold food.  

  • Consistent purple spots: Blood stasis due to agitation and hot temperament

  • Bright red: Yin-deficiency, lack of moisture. Drink more water and consume more vegetables.

  • Dark red: High blood cholesterol, pathogenic heat (“heat evils”)

Is it Painful?

No, it usually does not hurt. Some patients describe it as a suction force when the cup is placed on them, some says it has a massage-like effect, while others say they feel nothing at all during the therapy.

How Would I Feel After Treatment?

The suction force from cupping breaks open tiny blood vessels under the skin. You will have round bruise-like marks that fade in a week or two.

Can I Come For Ba Guan (Cupping)

Our therapist will assess your condition and decide the most suitable treatment for you. However, cupping should not be done on delicate skin, skin with open sores, inflammation, swelling, infection or injury; regions near the heart and major blood vessels; as well as people with a high fever or convulsions. It is also not recommended for pregnant woman.


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