Ba Guan Therapy

Ba Guan or Cupping therapy is a traditional therapy in which a vacuum is created by fire in glass or bamboo cups which are placed on your back.

This form of therapy has been in use in various cultures for thousands of years, with citations found in the Ebers Papyrus, a 3000 year-old Egyptian medical text as well as recorded use by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. In our own indigenous practice of traditional Malay medicine, it is known as Bekam.

Ba Guan therapy is also known to help extract impurities within the body through the skin and blood. When the skin is sucked into the cups and elevated for a few minutes, the blood rises to the surface area of the skin. The increase in blood flow improves our circulation in addition to relief of cramped and stiff muscles and softened tissues. Ba Guan therapy is also great for pain relief and lowering blood pressure.

How Is Ba Guan Done?

A cotton ball dipped in alcohol is lit and introduced inside a glass Ba Guan cup briefly. The cup is then placed on you. As a small vacuum has been created by the cooling of the hot air and gases inside the cup, the skin is drawn up into the cup creating a seal.

If oil has been applied, the cups can be moved around the patient’s body along the bodys acupoints to improve the flow of Qi along the associated meridians.

How Does Ba Guan Feel Like?

When the cups are initially suctioned onto the skin of the back, there might be a little discomfort from the tightness of the skin. It will tingle at first but after a few seconds, there will be no pain at all. Once the cups are removed, you’ll feel a wonderful, relaxing feeling on your skin where the cups originally were.

Are There Any Side Effects?

It is common that there will be some circular bruises on the skin where the cups were placed. They might be a bit sore in the stress points that were worked on but the soreness should subside along with the bruises in 2 to 3 days.

The colour of bruises signifies the patient’s health. Dark bruises indicate serious blocked blood and energy or a serious pathogenic cold invasion.

Are There Any Contraindications?

There are several conditions in which Ba Guan therapy should not be used, such as pregnancy or on patients with hemorrhagic diseases like leukemia or haemophilia; nor should it be used on inflamed or broken skin, or if the patient has a fever.

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Ba Guan Therapy
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Ba Guan Therapy
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Ba Guan or cupping therapy is a traditional therapy in which a vacuum is created by fire in glass or bamboo cups which are placed on your back to help extract impurities within the body through the skin and blood and promote the flow of Qi.
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