Cupping Safety


In general, Cupping is contraindicated directly on veins, arteries, nerves, skin inflammation, any skin lesion, body orifices, eyes, lymph nodes, or over varicose veins.

Cupping Safety - Do not perform cupping if your client has any of these medical conditions.

Absolute Contraindications:

  • Cancer or in current treatment for Cancer

  • Organ failure – heart, renal or hepatic

  • Patients using a pacemaker

  • If they have a Pacemaker

  • Bleeding disorders like Hemophilia

  • Active erysipelas or abcess

  • Undiagnosed or suspicious lump

  • Thrombophlebitis

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Stroke - unstable or evolving


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