Introduction to Cupping

Introduction to Cupping

Before you begin using your cups, take a few minutes and learn the basics of  cupping, warnings and contra-indications.


Thanks to celebrities having their pictures plastered all over media with their cupping marks, North Americans have become intrigued with cupping especially for it's pain relieving abilities as well as beauty enhancements​


Cupping has many amazing benefits, but it is a medical treatment and does have some Contra-Indications for some individuals and conditions.

BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER                                                                                                                    


Cupping for the most part has the same contraindications as Massage,

but please read these and if ever in doubt, check with your Physician.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product nor it's instructions or information are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any illness, metabolic disorder, disease of health problems. If ever in doubt, always check with your physician.

  • Not Recommended for Individuals who have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinner medications or bruise easily.
  • Not Recommended for Individuals who have experienced a stroke or have a history of blood clot formation or aneurysm 
  • Do Not Cup over Arteries. (We have a picture below)
  • Not Recommended for use on open wounds, sores, blemishes, irritated skin or rashes, cellulitis
  • Home Use not recommended for Cancer Patients and should only see a Professionally trained Cupping Therapist if Cancer or Chemo.  Cupping is a tremendous Lymph mover and could spread active cancer.  2/3 of Chemo remains in the tissue and can be released with cupping treatments resulting in the individual having similar affects as after taking Chemo. Professionally Trained Cupping Therapists have been taught this and should be knowledgeable about how to perform cupping minimally to release these Chemo Toxins without severe side effects.
  • Home Use not recommended on tissue related to poisonous bites new or old.  As with cancer, approx 2/3 of the poison remains in the tissue and can be released with same side effects as the
  • Not recommended for Individuals with Cardiac Failure, Renal Failure, Ascites, Severe Edema
  • Do Not Cup over Hernias, Broken Bones, Slipped Disks, Sunburn, ruptured, ulcerated or inflamed skin, Psoriasis, Eczema or Rosacia
  • Do not cup if experiencing a Fever or Dehydration
  • Cupping Not Recommended for Pregnant Women in the 1st Trimester and should check with Physician before starting cupping. Only light suction should be used after Physician has approved.
  • Diabetics should only use lighter suction due to compromised circulation.
  • If unsure if you should perform cupping, please check with your Physician prior to cupping.


Arteries carry oxygenated blood throughout your body and can not be impeded or occluded.  Very Important that you take note of the are you are wanting to cup and ensure that you avoid the arteries.

In some areas, the arteries are deeper and are not as worrisome, but in the following areas, the arteries are superficial or closer to the skin and must be avoided as you would occlude the artery if cupped.

  • Common Carotid (Front/Side of Neck)
  • Brachial Plexus (Bend of the Elbow)
  • Femoral Artery ( In the Groin Area or the inside fold of each leg at the pelvis)
  • The back side of the knee at the bend
  • Abdominal Aortic Artery

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