Yi-cups Instruction (1) : Yi-Cupping Therapy for Some Common Diseases
1. Relieve Cervical Discomfort
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Sitting position Apply 6 Yi-cups on both sides of the neck and medial-superior corner of scapulae (Figure 1-1, Figure 1-4). Instruct the patient to tilt the head laterally for about 5 minutes (Figure 1-3, 1-4).
Key Points of Movement When tilting the head, the patient is expected to perform slowly to the furthest reach (a taut feeling) and do abdominal breathing. Then s/he keeps the gesture for 3 to 5 seconds and tilts the head to the opposite direction.
2. Relieve Scapulohumeral Periarthritis, Snapping Shoulder and Other Shoulder Discomfort
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Sitting position Apply 6 Yi-cups on the scapular region and the anterior, central and posterior areas of deltoid (Figure 1-5, 1-6). Then rotate shoulders forward and backward respectively for about 5 minutes.
3. Relieve Back Discomfort
Sitting position Apply 6 Yi-cups on the back (Figure 1-7) and then shrug shoulders slowly for about 5 minutes. When the shoulders move forward, bend the back; when the shoulders move backward, throw the chest out.
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Apply 6 Yi-cups on the back and the arms proximal to the shoulders (Figure 1-8), straighten the arms, raise them above the head, hold the hands together, and do lateral bending exercise (Figure 1-9, 1-10). The bilateral bending is conducted alternatively for about 5 minutes. When doing bilateral bending exercise, bend the upper body as far as possible (the armpit region feels taut) and keep the gesture for 3 to 5 seconds.
4. Relieve Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, and other Arm and Elbow Discomfort
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Sitting position Apply 6 Yi-cups on the arm and wrist (Figure 1-11) and then do arm flexion and extension, wrist rotation exercises for 3 to 5 minutes in the following sequence: Figure 1-12 → Figure 1-13 →Figure 1-14 →Figure 1-15. It is more effective to apply relieving method for back discomfort to relax the back muscles before relieving method for arm discomfort.
5. Relieve Lumbar Discomfort
Standing position Apply 6 Yi-cups on the lumbosacral portions (Figure 1-16) and then do waist turning exercises for about 5 minutes: turning to the left and right alternatively.
6. Relieve Constipation, Dysmenorrhea, and Other Abdominal Discomfort
Supine position Apply 6 Yi-cups on the abdomen (Figure 1-17) and vibrate them clockwise for 3 to 5 minutes. This method should not be done within one hour after meals. It is advised to be done with empty bladder.
People with chronic gastroenteritis and other severe gastrointestinal symptoms follow these steps 1) gently grasp the adjacent or diagonal Yi-cups with both hands, vibrate and pull cups. Pull them tightly in the opposite directions and hold them for 3 to 5 seconds. Then shake them suddenly toward the left and right respectively. Apply this method to the left upper abdomen, left lower abdomen, right upper abdomen, right lower abdomen, and navel for several times, 5 minutes in total. This method should not be done within one hour after meals. It is advised to be done with empty bladder.
7. Relieve Knee Strain, Knee Osteoarthritis, and other Knee Discomfort
Apply 6 Yi-cups on the thighs and regions posterior-lateral and superior-lateral to the patellae (Figure 1-18) and then do flexion and extension exercises (Figure 1-19) for about 5 minutes.
8. Relieve Leg Cramps, Soreness, and Other Leg Discomfort
Prone position Apply 6 Yi-cups on the popliteal fossa and lower legs (Figure 1-20) and then flex (Figure 1-20) and extend ankles (Figure 1-21) slowly for about 5 minutes. Flex and extend ankles as far as possible and hold on for 3 to 5 seconds.