Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which local suction is applied to the skin and muscles by applying glass cups to particular areas of the body. Dr Nininahazwe employs a particular type of cupping therapy called 'Fire Cupping'. This is the most common form of cupping in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in 70% alcohol. The cotton is then clamped by a pair of forceps and lit via match or lighter. The flaming cotton ball is then, in one fluid motion, placed into the cup, quickly removed, and the cup is placed on the skin. By adding fire to the inside of the cup, oxygen is removed (which is replaced with an equal volume of carbon dioxide) and a small amount of suction is created by the air cooling down again. While fire is used briefly to create the suction effect, prior to the cups being placed on the body, fire is not left in the cup and they are cool when placed on the body. The cups are left on the body for approximately 1 - 20 minutes, depending on the patient's body and their required treatment.
Cupping is believed to aid detoxification, improve blood and energy flow in the body, and have the effect of relaxing even the tightest of muscles.
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