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Home > Newsletters > July 2008 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: Is 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.

Q: 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.

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