What is Chinese Medicine? : Chinese Medicine Cupping Treatment

Uploaded by expertvillage on 25.02.2008

SARAH HAUER: Hi. I'm Sarah Hauer. SIG HAUER: And I'm Sig Hauer, and we're professional
practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. SARAH HAUER: We're here on behalf of Expert
Village. SIG HAUER: And welcome to our video. SARAH HAUER: I'd like to move on and show
you demonstrate what cupping is in Chinese medicine. And I'm going to cup over some shoulder
points for neck and shoulder tension and tightness. SIG HAUER: What Sarah is going to use is a
modern cupping device. There's the traditional style of cupping where you spread some alcohol
in the inside of the cup, light it, and put it down quickly, and that creates a vacuum.
We've gone to this because we have had some patients that have a little concern about
us lighting fires near their hair or near their skin or something like that so we'll
just go with the safe way. This is a device that will create some suction. So if you can
see, she's raising the skin up into the cup and what this will do is help draw toxins
out of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, et cetera. And if she wanted to, she could also--if
she had put some massage oil or Po Sum On oil on first, you can move the cup around
a little bit and kind of use it to do a wider area. But this is another traditional way
of treating people. It's just by putting the cup right over a particular point that's a
problem, and at that point where she's putting at that small intestine 14, people quite commonly
have a lot of tension there. SARAH HAUER: Is that comfortable, Gina? GINA: Uh-huh. SARAH
HAUER: So the walking cup is usually what Sig was referring to where we move the cups
across the back, we usually do that when there aren't needles in, so we're not... SIG HAUER:
Right. SARAH HAUER: ...gonna demonstrate that today because we already have needles on the
rest of her back. So these are stationary cups and these are actually used in a lot
of different medicines; the cupping, you may have heard of it before, it has been quite
common in other ancient medicines. In Chinese medicine, we use it to restore muscles and
to pull out like the gas but we also use it to pull out toxins. So if you're beginning
to get a cold or flu, we'll use these over specific points.