Fire cupping relaxes muscle, relieve pain, ends cold and coughs, and helps the body detox. There is good evidence it has many benefit on health and there are some concerns it may be promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire).
The process of Fire Cupping:
Fire cupping therapy also known Glass Cupping as air cupping eliminates the use of fire and heat completely. In this form of healing, a pump is attached to the top of the cup and vacuum is created by pumping the air out of the cup. The Doctor cleans and sterilizes the targeted area on the patient’s body and applies herbal oils or skin cream for lubrication.
This cupping is the very basic technique that uses cups to create a vacuum over the skin. Any combustible material such as alcohol, herbs or paper is lighted and slipped into the cup. As the fire goes out, the cup is immediately inverted over the selected area. The cooling air inside the cup creates a vacuum causing the blood vessels under the skin to expand and redden. The cup is allowed to rest in the skin.
The appropriate sized cups are then placed on the patient’s body and suction is caused by pumping the air out. The mechanism used is simple. Once the optimum amount of suction is created aand This is a very common and popular type of cupping because there is no flame needed to connected directe to the body, the flame only used to create the vacuum and the doctor or administrator has complete control over the amount of suction.
If a person receiving fire cupping therapy:
Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball with fire. This kind of cupping is also called flash-fire cupping or Shanhuofa in Chinese cupping. A cotton ball is soaked in a solution that contains up to 70% alcohol or herbs. The ball is held by a pair of forceps or pliers and lit with matches or a lighter. It is held inside the cup to create heat and then quickly removed before inverting the cup on the skin.
Another variation called Dijiufa or alcohol fire cupping is to pour a small quantity of alcohol into the cup and light it. The fire is allowed to go out before inversion.
Oil may be applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups (e.g. trapezius, erectors, latisimus dorsi, etc.) in an act called "moving cupping". Dark circles may appear where the cups were placed because of rupture of the capillaries just under the skin and it takes only a days to disapper.