Stationary Cupping utilizes external force to displace air within the cup to create a vacuum…


Pinch Method: ​A silicone bulb atop a glass cup is pinched to create a vacuum effect.

  • If the entire cup is made of silicone, the cup itself is manually pinched to displace internal air volume.

Manual Hand-Pump: The specific degree of negative air pressure can be controlled via a hand pump.

Fire-Cupping​:​ This is the most traditional method of cupping and is performed with glass cups. There are inherent safety issues with fire cupping and determination of insurance coverage should be thoughtfully considered by the practitioner. The practitioner creates a suction force by applying the heat of a flash flame to the interior glass cup (much like the burst of flame used in hot air balloons). The temperature differential creates a strong vacuum that holds the cup to the skin.

Ironically, these 2 forms of static cupping cause bruising under the skin. A vacuum pulling force must necessarily be used to draw out trapped stagnant blood and its toxins. The rationale is that pain, trauma, muscle overuse and impaired Chi flow require increased metabolism and blood perfusion. Stationary cupping uses multiple cups concurrently and creates multiple dark bruises. The material is only pulled upward, subcutaneously, where it remains until the body is able to break down and clear out.

Actively drawing stasis blood through the skin by “Wet Cupping”

Blood Cupping: (​Wet Cupping): Primarily used in other countries, Blood Cupping is starting to gain popularity in the US. For a better understanding, search YouTube to watch videos.
Medical and Legal Liabilities regarding Blood Cupping Precautions: There are inherent significant risk factors to consider: infection risks, unknown clotting disorders, treatment of people taking blood thinners, etc…

The treatment approach and results are fascinating. Some would argue that wet cupping is in many ways functionally superior to conventional static cupping; in the treatment of a mechanical trauma (ie. knee, shoulder or back injury) glass cups are applied over and around the site.   A special multi- blade device punctures the skin. The cuts happen quickly and simultaneously. The cups are applied and fully contain the blood that “percolates” out through the cuts.

The initial blood is very dark red (almost black) and looks thickened. The cup remains on the skin while the negative vacuum pressure actively pulls the blackened stasis blood into the base of the cup.  Suddenly, bright red blood bubbles out of the punctures and begins to accumulate under the dark stagnant blood already within the cup.

It is at this point that each cup is quickly removed and pressure held over the skin for tamping of further bleeding. This stagnant blood represents the blood circulation around the time of injury; it is highly viscous in nature… no longer in pure liquid form. It now reacts and feels like thick mucus. Most importantly, it is now OUT of the body and can be disposed of. Fresh oxygenated blood is now flowing through this region and is instantly available to heal injured tissue.