When NOT To Cup!

Author: Michelle Roos, LMT and Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.

As more and more people discover the benefits of Cupping Therapy for themselves as well as their patients, a lot of questions come up as to when you can - and more importantly can NOT - treat with either Silicone or Vacuum Cups.  Please see the following guidelines for when NOT to cup!

Just say no when:

  • Cupping on or over varicose veins
  • Cupping over skin lesions or inflammation
  • Cupping over orifices, or eyes
  • The patient has cancer
  • The patient has organ failure - Renal, hepatic or cardiac
  • The patients has a pacemaker
  • The patient has hemophilia or similar bleeding disorder

Proceed with caution when treating a patient with the following - these are not absolute contraindications, but must be reviewed carefully before proceeding:

  • Please be cautious with cupping over arteries, veins and nerves.
  • Patients with acute infections
  • Patients using anticoagulants - aspirin, warfarin, etc
  • Patients with severe chronic disease (like heart disease)
  • Patients that are pregnant, during puerperium or menstruating
  • Patients who are anemic
  • Patients who have recently given blood or undergone medical procedure
  • Patients who do not consent

If you have any questions about a condition or situation and are unsure as to whether it is safe to proceed with Cupping Therapy, please feel free to email us at info@cuppingcanada.com and we would be happy to help!

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