Cupping is an ancient technique used in nations around the world as a cure for many diseases and as a way to maintain good health. It is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, Aryuvedic medicine, and Middle Eastern medicine.


Documentation of its use in Ancient Egypt was found on one of the oldest historical Egyptian papyruses. Cupping is and has been widely used in China, India, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.


What is Cupping?

Cupping uses suction to bring toxic blood, phlegm, and other material to the surface of the body. Your body then discharges it naturally in the days that follow. It is wonderful for many internal conditions, as well as tight muscles. It is recommended to receive cupping regularly, on a monthly or yearly basis, to maintain your good health. It is also beneficial to receive it as the need arises.


Benefits of Cupping

Cupping can help with the health conditions listed below:


  • Headaches

  • Neck, shoulder and back pain

  • Hypertension

  • Immune system weakness

  • Allergies

  • Stomach or abdominal pain

  • Arthritis

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Sinus Problems

  • Lung inflammation & coughing

  • Heart Disease

  • Rheumatism

  • Sciatica

  • Cartilage problems

  • Ulcers

  • Nerve inflammation

  • Diabetes

  • Larynx and throat inflammation

  • Infertility

  • Tooth or gum pain

  • Sleep disorders

  • Numbness of the arms or legs

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Skin diseases

  • Common cold

  • Liver disease

  • Edema

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Kidney inflammation or stones

  • Osteoporosis

  • Tinnitus

  • Influenza

  • Hemiplegia and paralysis



How does Cupping work?

To apply a cup I remove the air from within the cup to create a suction effect. The suction draws toxic blood, phlegm, and other material to the surface of the body and releases it.


Cupping Techniques

I primarily use these types of cupping:


Bleeding cupping (or "wet cupping") 

Sterile cups are applied as described above ("dry cupping") and removed after 3 minutes. The area for cupping is cleaned with iodine, and 3 small, superficial incisions are made. The cup is re-applied for 3-8 minutes. Then the cup is removed, the incisions are cleaned, and a bandage is applied.


This is my favorite technique, and it was favored by all of the early cupping practitioners. Bleeding cupping was practiced by the Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, and he passed this knowledge on to his sons. The Prophets Moses, Aaron, Solomon and David, peace be upon them, also practiced bleeding cupping.


Click here for the best days and times to receive bleeding cupping.


Tonifying cupping

The cups are applied as described above ("dry cupping") and left on for 5-10 minutes. This technique helps fatigue and energizes your immune system.


Draining cupping

The cups are applied as described above ("dry cupping") and left on for up 10-20 minutes. This technique drains tension and stuck energy.


Moving cupping

The entire back is lightly oiled, and the cups are applied as described above ("dry cupping") . I move the cups along your back while the suction is in place. This feels like a warm, relaxing massage. This technique drains tension and stuck energy over a wide area.


Flash cupping

The cups are applied as above ("dry cupping") and immediately removed. This is done multiple times in different areas all over the back. This technique expels a cold or flu in its beginning stages.


Needle and moxa cupping

An acupuncture needle is inserted with or without moxa on the handle. After the moxa burns down and the needle is warm, the cup is applied as described above ("dry cupping") . This technique is excellent for warming cold or arthritic joints.


Preparation for Cupping

It is best to take a shower immediately before receiving cupping. If you cannot shower, it is important to rest for 1 hour before cupping. For your convenience, we have showers for your use at our acupuncture center.


Make sure you're not too hungry or too full when you arrive for the treatment. Also, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking water before and after the treatment


What to Expect

Cupping is painless - many people report feeling very relaxed during and after cupping. You may feel a warm, pulling or stretching sensation.


At your first session, each cup will stay on for 10-20 minutes. You may have a ring-mark, bruise, or skin discoloration for several days (maximum for a week or two) after cupping. These are signs of toxicity that has risen to the surface for release. As the marks dissipate, the toxicity is leaving you.


If you receive cupping as a stand-alone treatment, your first session lasts up to 30 minutes, and subsequent sessions last up to 20 minutes.


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What's Next?

After you make your first appointment online or via phone or email, you will receive a confirmation email with the office address and a map, important information relevant to your treatment, and a copy of the new patient paperwork. Bring your completed new patient paperwork to your first appointment. or plan to arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early.


I sincerely and enthusiastically look forward to meeting you soon! 








* When to Receive Bleeding Cupping

The Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, said that that bleeding cupping is best received on the 17th day, 19th day, or 21st day of the lunar month. It is well known that during the middle of the lunar cycle toxic energies are agitated and in their most accessible phase.


Additionally, the best time of day to receive cupping is 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, because at this time toxic blood is closest to the surface of the body. It is also fine to receive cupping in the morning or at other times of day if necessary.


I adjust my schedule as much as possible to accommodate these days and times each month. Call me at 561-624-9744 to schedule an appointment or for more information.


Sunshine Acupuncture

1140 University Blvd, Suite 20

Jupiter, Florida 33458

(561) 762-3600

© 2015 Shams Wesley, A.P., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.


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