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Where NOT to Cup!

You should never cup over major arteries as these are the blood vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the tissues of the body. In some areas, the arteries are much closer to the skin and you should take extra caution when cupping in these areas.

The areas you should avoid cupping in are:

  • Common Carotid Artery – located on each side of the neck (A)

  • Axillary Artery – located in the armpit (B)

  • Brachial Artery – located on the inside bend of the elbow (C)

  • Femoral Artery – located in the groin area or the inside fold of each leg at the pelvis (D)

  • Linea Alba – located at the connection of the muscles of the abdomen (E)

  • Temporal Artery – avoid using strong suction in the temple region (near your eyes on the side of your head) as the Temporal Artery and facial nerves are in this area and are extremely delicate (H)

  • Popliteal Artery - located on the back side of the knee (F)

  • Kidneys – cupping should be done minimally when directly over the kidneys (G)