Check your health with
cupping is a common therapy in the Traditional Chinese Medicine.
You can do it by yourself too. If you have little experience in
the use of suction cup, you may know that the skin color may
change after cupping. Sometimes it turns dark, and for others,
it may turn red. The color change on the skin after cupping also
helps to tell the nature and the location of the illness. For
normal and healthy person, the skin color does not change at all
after the cupping.
The location of the skin color change:
If you see a color change on the skin after
cupping, it generally means that there is something wrong on
that location. For example, if you see the color change on
shoulder, you must have some trouble on the shoulder. Sometimes,
one may not feel anything wrong on that spot, but it still
suggests a trouble that has already hidden there. It will bother
you soon or later.
Since you can use the suction cupping
almost anywhere on the body surface, except the area where there
is big blood vessels pass, such as in groin, you can check where
you may have trouble on the body.
Commonly countered skin changes after
suction cupping are:
(1). Dark red or dark black: it suggests
that there is Cold Xie-qi. Xie-qi means disease-causing stuff,
factor, or things, whatever, in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It
may be micro-organs, such as bacteria or virus, or simply
physical condition changes, such as temperature, air pressure,
humidity; or chemicals, such smell, odor, vapor, heavy metal
toxic… Pain due to Cold Xie-qi feels as cold, tightness. Warm
makes it feel better or released. Usually after suction, the
skin also feels cold. The extent of the dark color and the cold
represents the severity of the illness.
Fig. 1a. Color change after cupping.
Fig. 1b. Color change after cupping.
(2). Fresh red color: it suggests a
Fire Xie-qi in local. As fire burning, pain due to Fire
Xie-qi feels as burning. One likes to use cold patch to
release the pain. Many acute inflammations belong to such
Blisters. Sometimes there could be lots of small or bigger
water blisters on the skin (Fig. 3a). It may happen very
fast as several minutes. Such blister means there is water,
or Wet Xie-qi accumulated on that spot. Blister may also
happen on skin of normal person, but it usually need longer
time suction, such as more than 20 or 30 minutes. The wet
Xie-qi on the body makes one feel heavy and tight on the
spot. If the suction cupping follows tapping with flower
needle, there will be water drops on the skin, instead of a
blister. (Fig. 3b). Usually people who have such water drops
after suction cupping will feel much energized after
treatment. It is one of our common ways to booster energy.
2. Water drops after suction cupping.
3. Water drops after suction cupping.
Very often, after initial suction
cupping for several times, the color becomes light and then
no change. Continue the suction, there may have dark color
again. This means that the continuous suction move the
deeper Xie-qi on the surface of the skin now. You don’t need
to be disappointed, it is good to you.