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Cupping

  • Can I use animal horns?
    NO! BCS does not endorse their use, owing to risk of infection, and cross contamination.
  • Can I use glass cups?
    This is up to the practitioner. However, BCS does not currently endorse the use of glass cups, owing to their expense, risk of contamination, risk of burns when applying cups, and requirement of autoclave facilities.
  • Does the colour of blood indicate the severity of disease?
    NO! Many people think the darker the blood, the more toxins are present, and the more severe the disease! Especially if it looks like jelly! This is a myth, blood will coagulate when exposed to air, this is natural, over repeated cupping the blood may appear light but this is an indication of improved peripheral circulation.
  • Should I cut deeper if there is no blood?
    NO! Deeper cuts lead to a greater risk of scarring and infection
  • Is drawing more blood better?
    NO! There is no evidence that withdrawing more blood achieves better outcomes.
  • How long can I leave the cup on for?
    Dry cup initial suction for maximum of 3 minutes. Wet cupping for a maximum of 3 minutes. Can reapply another cup for 3 minutes if blood is copious.
  • When should I remove the cup?
    When the colour of the skin turns blue, when there is blistering or tearing of the skin, or when there is excessive bleeding.
  • Can I use the same cup twice?
    NO! All cups must be disposed of once used. This reduced the risk of contamination and cross infection.
  • How many incisions should I make per wet cup?
    BCS recommends no more than 12-15 incisions per standard size cup.
  • How many wet cups can I apply in a session?
    BCS recommends no more than 3-5 cups in the first session in someone who has not previously had cupping therapy. Often a trial cup is helpful. Subsequent sessions can include more cups but usually do not exceed 5-7 cups.

Diagnosis

  • Does the colour of blood indicate the severity of disease?
    NO! Many people think the darker the blood, the more toxins are present, and the more severe the disease! Especially if it looks like jelly! This is a myth, blood will coagulate when exposed to air, this is natural, over repeated cupping the blood may appear light but this is an indication of improved peripheral circulation.

Hygiene safety

  • Can I use animal horns?
    NO! BCS does not endorse their use, owing to risk of infection, and cross contamination.
  • Can I use the same cup twice?
    NO! All cups must be disposed of once used. This reduced the risk of contamination and cross infection.

Material

  • Can I use animal horns?
    NO! BCS does not endorse their use, owing to risk of infection, and cross contamination.
  • Can I use glass cups?
    This is up to the practitioner. However, BCS does not currently endorse the use of glass cups, owing to their expense, risk of contamination, risk of burns when applying cups, and requirement of autoclave facilities.

Procedure

  • Should I cut deeper if there is no blood?
    NO! Deeper cuts lead to a greater risk of scarring and infection
  • Is drawing more blood better?
    NO! There is no evidence that withdrawing more blood achieves better outcomes.
  • How long can I leave the cup on for?
    Dry cup initial suction for maximum of 3 minutes. Wet cupping for a maximum of 3 minutes. Can reapply another cup for 3 minutes if blood is copious.
  • When should I remove the cup?
    When the colour of the skin turns blue, when there is blistering or tearing of the skin, or when there is excessive bleeding.
  • How many incisions should I make per wet cup?
    BCS recommends no more than 12-15 incisions per standard size cup.
  • How many wet cups can I apply in a session?
    BCS recommends no more than 3-5 cups in the first session in someone who has not previously had cupping therapy. Often a trial cup is helpful. Subsequent sessions can include more cups but usually do not exceed 5-7 cups.