After receiving glass cupping treatments, some patients will notice blisters/bubbles on their skin. In fact, it’s common enough that it’s become one of the most common concerns voiced by people who are interested in receiving cupping treatments. Despite these anxieties, however, cupping has become one of the popular alternative therapies. Rooted traditional Chinese medicine, cupping has been practiced for millenia: this is not to say, however, that it has remained unchanged in the past thousands of years. Approaches to this therapy have evolved with the changing times, and there are now various types of cups made from different materials, from bamboo and clay to
glass and silicone cups. The types of illnesses and pains it can treat has also expanded and changed, and it is now used to relieve anything from surgical carbuncles to rheumatic pain, low back muscle strain, headaches, asthma, abdominal pain, trauma, congestion, colds and rheumatism and most general pain syndromes.
There are lots of clinics and therapists who can practice cupping treatments, and some patients now prefer to do cupping treatments at home.
Usually, it is safe to have cupping treatments at clinics. However, because fire and alcohol can be used during more traditional glass cupping treatments, patients sometimes risk suffering from minor burns if they are treated by irresponsible practitioners. Some patients will also have blisters/bubbles on skin after receiving glass cupping treatments. These two problems are often caused by mistakes, and outdated, misguided or even downright sloppy practices.
Most common causes of blisters:
- The practitioner left cups on patient’s skin for too long. Different patients have different problems and tolerance level for cupping treatments. Some patients will not have blisters/bubbles even with cups for 20-30 minutes. Some of them may have blisters/bubbles with cups for 5-10 minutes. In order to acknowledge the tolerance level of the patient, therapists usually will leave the cups on patient’s skin for a short time at the first time practicing cupping.
- Cup’s temperature is too high. Though cups are almost always kept at sensible levels of heat, there is a small possibility of causing blisters/bubbles due to high temperatures. When therapists are doing quick cupping on patients with very high temperature cups, they may cause blisters/bubbles on patient’s skin.
- Cupping area. Areas with thinner or sensitive skin will have higher possibility to have blisters/bubbles during cupping.
- Heavy cupping. It is mentioned in the first incorrect operations, that different patients have different tolerance level to cupping. If the cupping treatment is over the patient’s tolerance, it would cause blisters/bubbles on patient’s skin.
Patients will not only feel uncomfortable with blisters/bubbles, but these wounds risk getting infected. Therefore, people interested in glass cupping treatments should research and find a good therapist with enough knowledge and experience to avoid getting hurt.
Otherwise, someone interested in cupping but worried about these issues should look into alternative forms of cupping, without fire or glass cups. These options are in fact so safe that you can practice them at home! Silicone cups or plastic cupping sets are especially recommended for this purpose. It’s easy to control the degree of suction with these sets, and they don’t require fire or heat.
The last thing need to be mentioned is that not everyone is suitable for cupping at anytime. If you have any problems during cupping at home, it is important to go to your doctor. Careful consultation with a therapist is always recommended before trying cupping at home.
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