Cupping and Stagnation


"Blood stagnation," "blood stasis," and "blood congealing" all describe the same disorder. For some reason, blood is obstructed and is not moving freely within the organs or blood vessels, causing discomfort. The most distinct symptom of blood stasis is pain with a fixed, sharp or stabbing character. This type of pain can be felt deep in the internal organs or quite superficially at the muscular and skin level. Light, medium, strong, and moving cupping methods are employed during the treatment of blood stasis/stagnation syndromes.

Cupping and Stagnation

The suction created by silicone cups draw stagnant toxins, heat, energy or fluid out of where it has accumulated and brings it to the body's surface. Once near the surface of the skin, the toxins can more easily be eliminated via the bodies waste removal systems. Once an adhesion or congestion is pulled away from its source, fresh blood, energy and fluids have a better flow to support the health of the body. 

Stagnation and Its Effects

Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.

 Types of stagnation

  • Blood Stagnation - injuries, adhesions, menstrual irregularities
  • Stagnant Toxins - gastrointestinal disorders, rigid muscles, breast inflammation 
  • Qi Stagnation - muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, pinched nerves 
  • Fluid Stagnation - lung congestion, asthma, lactation dysfunction 

Cupping Massage Therapy Is Versatile 

Cupping can be done almost anywhere on the body, excluding genitalia, over the eyes, and anywhere the skin is thin. Avoid gliding over the popliteal region or anterior neck, where an artery or vein can be easily accessed with gliding and parking. You may do a weak pressure with a squeeze-and-release technique on the popliteal region to activate the lymph nodes.