1. Clean thoroughly, remove body hair.
2. Wash cups and target areas on skin with warm, lightly salty water, and dry before cupping.
3. Before performing cupping procedure with a suction cup, make sure the inside of the cup is clean and the assembly is intact (valve and seal are firmly fastened to cup).
4. Select an appropriate size or type of cup. (Smaller cups are for smaller body areas).
5. Smear an appropriate amount of oil, or skin cream onto the target area.
6. Connect the connectors, cup and pump gun, and place the cup on the appropriate part of the body. Draw the gun handle to withdraw air from the cup. Remove Connector to leave cup attached to the skin by vacuum pressure. Cups may be moved while attached, the cream or oil acting as a lubricant. This allows for cupping of larger areas, or to adjust the placement of the cup for optimal cupping. When moving a cup, grip the cup low on the bowl, and use the fingers of the non-pulling hand to gently hold the skin taut behind the cup as it moves.
7. The cups can be used individually or in combination according to your preference.
8. After the desired elapsed time, simply release the pressure in the cup by pulling up on the cup’s valve to release vacuum. Always use this method to release cup gently (rather than wrenching it away suddenly) to prevent skin damage.
9. It is normal for darkening to appear on the skin where cups are applied. This will dissipate in a few days.
10. It is possible that sometimes blisters may appear on the skin where the cup has been attached. When the blistering is serious, routine sterilization is necessary. Prick the blisters and apply disinfectant.
11. During each cupping session, keep the room warm.
12. Use for no more than 15 minutes/target area, 1~2 times daily, 10 days/area. (After 10 days, give the area a rest of at least 1-2 days).
- Do not use cupping on individuals equipped with a cardiac pacemaker
- Do not apply cupping to subjects who are tired or hungry
- Do not apply cupping on swollen, bruised or ulcerated skin
The following should receive cupping only on the advice of a physician:
- Individuals with hemophilia, thrombocytopenia or other diseases which may cause bleeding
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with allergic skin reactions
- If subject experiences dizziness or fainting during cupping, stop application immediately, give subject fluids and rest.
- Limit application to 15 minutes.
- For those with tender skin, lessen the cupping time to avoid blistering the skin.
- If any blistering or infection occurs during/after cupping, ensure proper first aid and/or medical attention as appropriate.
- Discoloration of the skin after cupping is normal. It will disappear after a few days.
Care and Storage
- Keep cups away from sources of high heat
- For cups equipped with magnetic points, keep them at least a foot away from products easily affected by magnetism, such as electronic equipment, watches, etc.