Chinese Cupping (Ho Guan)

Traditional Chinese fire cupping works by helping to remove any blockages stopping the flow of “Qi” in the body.


30 minutes



Chinese Cupping (Ho Guan)

Our doctor at Secret Oasis MediSpa uses the most traditional Chinese way of cupping – fire cupping. It is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy that works by helping to remove any blockages stopping the flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) in the body.

The doctor will place warm glass cups onto a specific acupuncture point along an energy meridian. By warming the air within each cup, a vacuum is created that draws the tissue inside when placed onto the skin. This helps increase the blood flow, loosening the connective tissue, and stimulates the body’s natural healing process.

Sometimes if the condition requires, the doctor will also use techniques such as sliding the cups along the muscle to stretch, like in the action of a massage, or will use a technique that is called pop cupping, this technique encourages further blood and Qi flow to the muscles. The cups will then be gently removed by lifting one edge, allowing air to flow back in, breaking the vacuum seal.


How can Chinese cupping help?

As with many alternative treatments, the benefits of cupping start with localised pain relief and a feeling of relaxation. Our doctor at Secret Oasis uses cupping to improve patients’ overall health and well-being by unblocking Qi in the body. Cupping can help increase blood flow and remove pain which is why many athletes and those with sports injuries commonly use this treatment.

In recent years the World Health Organisation (WHO) has increasingly supported the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, including fire cupping. Its safety, minimal side effects, and growing body of evidence-based research have helped demonstrate numerous health benefits.


What can cupping treat?

There are many conditions that fire cupping can assist with, some of the most common being listed here:

  • Coughs, Asthma and Congestion
  • Digestive Issues
  • Localised Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Back, Shoulder and Neck pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Fertility issues
  • Insomnia
  • Acne and Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shingles

Is fire cupping painful?

Although fire cupping is deemed a safe procedure, side effects can still arise. Patients may experience mild discomfort, bruising, burns, and in rare instances, mild infections during and after certain forms of cupping therapy. However, the degree of discomfort or pain experienced during fire cupping can vary widely from person to person. Some individuals will find the therapy to be very relaxing and soothing. As with any form of therapy, it is important to choose a qualified practitioner and communicate any concerns or discomfort during the procedure. If you’re intrigued by this treatment technique, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you, talk to a member of our team today!


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