Vårseminarium 2017 med Ilkay Chirali

Cupping Therapy

Why every sports person should try Cupping Therapy?

The simple answer is that Cupping Therapy works! It has stood the test of time!

Below is brief information regarding this ancient healing art and I hope you find it interesting. 



What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy has been around for several thousands of years! Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Ottomans, Chinese, Australian Aboriginals and American Indians all used and still use cupping therapy in their traditional ways. Cupping was also popular in West between the years 1600 and 1930s. The founder of today’s Royal Free and Royal Marsden Hospitals in London, surgeon William Marsden (1796-1867), employed paid cupping surgeons in his Royal Free Hospital in Gray’s Inn Road London, during the 1830s (Cupping Therapy, Ilkay Zihni Chirali, Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier) first published 1999, second edition 2007 & third edition 2014). The British Science Museum and some hospitals in London and around the country have good selection of cupping equipment!

How does it work?

Cupping works through the power of suction, which is created either by introducing a flame into the cup, or by manually extracting the air from the cup. The controlled suction creates a negative pressure inside the cup. This negative pressure causes energetic and physical activities to take place! Together with the skin, the fascia where the blood vessels, glands, nerves, ligaments and tendons are wrapped in, is lifted and moved against the atmospheric gravity, towards the suction. This conflicting gravity trick helps to kick-start the healing process into action! Cupping also helps remove the Cold as well as the excess Heat (fever) from the body, promotes blood and fluid circulation, activates the lymphatic system and helps in the elimination of toxins through the skin.

Cupping therapy application

Cupping is traditionally used in the acupuncture clinics as part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine tool alongside the acupuncture needle and Moxibustion (Herbal heat application). However, it can also be used on its own i.e. by the beauty therapists or in combination during a massage or a physiotherapy treatment.

Most commonly used conditions are: Common cold, asthma, cough, all musculoskeletal complaints such as back ache, sports injuries to muscle and joints, arthritic or rheumatic conditions, some skin conditions such in the treatment of Acne, psoriasis or eczema, digestive complaints, gynaecological complaints such as painful periods or cramps and during the infertility treatment.

To create a suction flame is introduced into the cup

Cosmetic Cupping: This is relatively a new approach to modern Cupping therapy, where the integrity of the skin and the soft tissues are targeted. This includes facial rejuvenation cupping for treating scar tissues, reducing stretch marks and reducing the cellulite.

Facial cupping


Cellulite cupping


Treating infertility with cupping therapy


Treating children with Asthma or Cough














/Ilkay Zihni Chirali MBAcC & MRCHM
(Cupping Therapy Practitioner/Teacher/Author)




Curriculum Vitae


Name: Ilkay Zihni Chirali MBAcC, RCHM

Associations: Member of the British Acupuncture Council

Member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine UK

Employment: TCM practitioner (1985)/Teacher (1989)/ Author (1999, 2007, 2014). Operate my own TCM clinic: First in Melbourne, Australia (1985) and since 1987 to the present day, in London, England.

Education: Diploma Acupuncture 1985 (Australia), Diploma Clinical Hypnosis 1986 (Australia), Diploma Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK), Certificate, Paediatric Acupuncture (UK), Certificate, Chinese Herbal Medicine (Nanjing, China), Certificate, Acupuncture (Nanjing, China).

Scholarly Teacher: Over 60 Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy Workshops/seminars at the TCM colleges and private lecture groups (To date, well over 1.500 practitioners and students attended the workshops globally)

Seminars: Presented Cupping Therapy papers and workshops at the National and International seminars in Europe (England, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Holland), Turkey, Australia, Canada and Taiwan.

Mentor: Regularly mentoring the graduate TCM students in my London Clinic since 1989.

Guest Lecturer: Romatem Physiotherapy Hospital Izmit Turkey, Florence Nightingale Hospital Istanbul Turkey, The China Medical University Taichung Taiwan and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Taipei Taiwan.

Research: Two Cupping Therapy Research studies: 1 – Effects of Cupping Therapy on various Haematological Parameters (presented at the International TCM seminar in Manchester, England (1995). Both research studies are published in the 2nd and 3rd editions of the Cupping Therapy book.

2- The effects of Cupping Therapy on the Plasma Concentration of Inflammatory Mediators (“poster presentation” at The  Society for Acupuncture Research 2007 Conference in Baltimore, MD, USA).

Publications: Text Book “Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy”. Published by Churchill Livingstone – Elsevier Health. First edition published in 1999 (10 prints), translated in to German, French, Brazil-Portuguese and Czech languages. Second edition published in 2007 and the Third edition in 2014.

TCM Expert: Appeared as a “Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping expert” on the BBC TV and the BBC World service Radio.