Cupping therapy has been used by health practitioners for thousands of years.
But until the invention of modern materials, these cups were always made of
glass, a fragile, inflexible material. Glass was difficult to use because to
create the suction needed for therapeutic effects, practitioners needed to light
small fires inside the cups, then quickly place them on the body. The cooling of
the air inside the cups resulted in the suction.
Now, after thousands of years of rigid cups, advanced materials have
allowed us to create flexible silicone cups with extraordinary advantages.
They're virtually unbreakable, portable and pliable. Most importantly, you can
easily control the degree of suction by simply squeezing the cups more firmly or
gently, depending on your preference.
This materials breakthrough combines modern science with an ancient healing
art, bringing you the best of both worlds.
Unlike accupressure or massage
therapy, which compresses muscles and tissues, cupping therapy decompresses by
gently pulling tissues outward. This creates space, boosts circulation, tones
skin and tissues, and helps move lymph. Plus, it feels fantastic. People
receiving cupping therapy often comment that it feels like they just received a
deep tissue massage.
Believe it or not, in traditional Chinese medicine, cupping was frequently
used to relieve respiratory congestion by using cups across the chest. Almost
anywhere on the body, cupping can be used to boost circulation, enhance tissue
flexibility and move fluids that might otherwise be stagnant.
Our therapeutic cups are made from silicone and are safe to use almost
anywhere on the body, including the legs, back, abdomen, chest, arms, neck,
wrists, ankles and even your face. One set includes four cups of varying sizes.
Use the larger cups on larger areas of your body, and the smaller cups on more
precise areas such as face, neck and wrists. Note that if you leave these cups
on any area of your body for more than a minute, they will produce a blood
circulation pattern commonly called a hicky. This is the suction of the cups
pulling blood into the upper layers of your skin, and it's a natural part of the
therapy. So don't leave them for long periods on areas of your skin unless you
want others to see your cupping hickies.
Cupping can be done statically, keeping the cups in one place, or
dynamically by using a body oil combined with gentle movement. We recommend Oxygen-Infused Body Oil
, also available at the Natural News Store. After apply the
cup and activating the level of suction that's right for you, gently move the
cup along the length of your arm, leg, spine or other area of your body, making
sure to maintain the air-tight seal of the cup. This action is delivering a deep
massage to your tissues, creating gentle movement that can reach up to four
inches inside your tissues. It leaves your skin and muscles feeling refreshed
and rejuvenated, and the enhanced circulation brings new blood and nourishment
to the tissues.
Cupping can also be done in the shower. Apply Dr. Bronner's soap to your
arms, thighs, calves or other areas, then use the cups to massage each area,
including areas of cellulite or stretch marks. You'll feel refreshed and
Cupping therapy is remarkably affordable. The Health Ranger's Cupping
Therapy Set costs less than a single massage session, yet you can use them over
and over again, either on yourself, or with a partner. Because they're so
resilient and flexible, you can easily travel with them, and because they use no
batteries or electronics, they last a lifetime and make a smart addition to any
medical preparedness kit or home remedies collection.
If you are
taking blood thinners, you are advised not to use these cups because your normal
bloodflow and coagulation capabilities may be compromised by the medications.
Also, these devices are not a replacement for emergency medical care. Do not use
them on cuts, broken skin or serious skin conditions. Obviously, these cups
cannot set broken bones or treat serious cuts or other injuries. Seek immediate
medical care for such conditions. Once medical treatment is achieved, these cups
can often be safely used to boost circulation to the area, which may help
support wound healing and recovery, but check with your medical professional to
be sure it's safe in your particular circumstances. These cups are not toys, so
please keep them away from small children.
Large cup: 3" Height, 4" Wide 4" & 2 3/4" Opening Size
Medium cup: 2 1/4" Height, 3 1/8" Wide & 2" Opening Size
Small cup: 1 5/8" Height, 2 3/8" Wide, & 1 5/8" Opening Size
X-Small cup: 1 1/8" Height, 1 3/4" Wide & 1 1/6" Opening Size