it normal after acupuncture treatment for there to be bruises in the spots
where the needle was inserted?
Yes, this is a normal occurrence in acupuncture, especially in sensitive
areas, such as the face, legs, and hands. This is due to the perforation of
the tiny blood vessels by the needle. If the bruising grows, becomes painful
or bleeds, seek medical attention; otherwise, it should subside within two
to three days of the treatment.
What is "cupping"? How is it done and what is it used for?
Cupping is a treatment modality used in traditional medical practices of
many cultures. In Chinese medicine it is often combined with acupuncture or
moxabustion to address various conditions. The most common use for cupping
is for localized pain and musculoskeletal conditions. The cups are usually
clear glass bulbs that the practitioner places on the body with the help of
a flaming cotton ball or manual pump to create a vacuum and draw out
pathogens from the skin. It is not uncommon to receive a large red or blue
skin blemish after a treatment. These are normal and will subside within two
to three days.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
from his website: