While cupping therapy is a safe and effective form of non-invasive healing, it is always advisable to look for an experienced therapist when considering getting treatment. This is because if the proper precautions are not taken, cupping can have side effects. Before taking treatment, patients must make sure that the therapist has the mandatory license to practice cupping. They must also ask the necessary questions to find out the complete details of the procedure and choose the practitioner that can allay all doubts. Asking for testimonials from past clients is also a good strategy.
Patients that are suffering from high fever, convulsions or cramps should not be given cupping treatment. The healer must also take care to check the skin for injuries, ulcers, sores and allergies because of which the patient is not advised cupping. Pregnant or menstruating women, patients with fractures or metastatic cancer are also now allowed the therapy. Also, patients that are taking blood thinning drugs or those that have a condition that inhibits blood clotting could be advised against the treatment. A therapist that has received the necessary training will be able to screen patients carefully and make optimum decisions that are beneficial for the patient’s health.
Cupping is a form of reverse massage and deep heat treatment that is given by creating a vacuum inside the cup before inverting it over the skin. To create the vacuum, the healer places a burning object inside the cup. A trained therapist will be able to take the proper precautions to ensure that there is no burning of the skin such as placing a non-combustible pad on the skin, especially in situations where moxibustion is used. In case of gliding cupping, a licensed healer will ensure that the optimum medical grade silicone cups are used to ensure there is no bruising of the skin.
Maintaining Sterile Conditions
Maintaining sterile conditions and using disinfected instruments is very essential to ensure that there are no infections. This factor is more important in cases where wet cupping or cupping along with acupuncture is administered. A trained cupping provider will disinfect the scalpel or needle used to make the cuts and also the cup into which the toxic blood and fluids are collected. Care must also be taken post cupping to dress the wounds with the proper sanitized bandages and antiseptic ointments to speed healing. These are steps that an expert healer will take care of. Certain patients might request for local anaesthesia to avoid the pain and this can only be given safely by a trained practitioner.
Dealing with After Effects
An expert healer will also conduct the necessary hydration and massage on the area to minimize the after effects such as some amount of bruising and swelling of the skin. Some patients might also experience light headedness or sensations of warmth and heat accompanied by sweating. A trained practitioner will make the necessary arrangements so that the patient has time to relax and recover after the treatment before being sent home.
Given these factors, it is essential to check the credentials of the cupping therapist before signing up for the treatment.
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