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Ilkay Chirali

Ilkay Chirali
Cupping Therapy Articles

Ilkay Chirali is a Member of British Acupuncture Council and Member of Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, London, UK. He is the author of Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy.

Cupping is an ancient technique - largely Eastern but also used in the West - in which heated cups are applied to the body and, as the air cools, underlying tissue is raised by being sucked part of the way into the cup. The stimulation this effects is dealt with in the context of TCM principles and theory. Includes how cupping works, ten methods of cupping, cupping with moxa and herbs, water cupping, cupping for common disorders, and precautions and contraindications.

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Articles by Ilkay Chirali

Cupping Therapy - Part One
When we look at the history of cupping therapy, we can see the enormous knowledge that existed across vast geographical locations in the days when it was practiced. From Far Eastern countries to the ancient Egyptians and the entire African continent; to the North and the South Americans; the entire Northern Europeans including Russia, Poland and the Scandinavian counties; all the Mediterranean countries including Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, as well as England practitioners all practiced cupping in one form or other. In the UK, Dr. William Marsden, the founder of the Royal Marsden Hospital, employed cupping therapy quite extensively at his 'Free Hospital' in Gray's Inn Road during the 1830s.

Cupping Therapy - Part Two
Moxa Cupping Method (hot needle) - Ai Guan Fa (tonifying)
Moxa (Artemisia Vulgaris) is a great warming herb used by many practitioners for removing Cold and tonifying Qi and Blood. It usually comes in two forms, the loose type and the round, long, cigar shape. It is the latter type which is used during this treatment. Hot needle cupping is used where Cold patterns are predominant with pain. Here, acupuncture is used to move the channels, open the obstruction, and relieve pain. Moxa is used to heat the needle and transfer the heat to the acupuncture point in order to warm and tonify. This method is particularly useful in the treatment of Cold Bi patterns and arthritic joint pains.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping TherapyTraditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy
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By Ilkay Chirali, Member of British Acupuncture Council and Member of Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, London, UK

This new edition explores and describes techniques of cupping in the context of TCM theory. It provides a clear and detailed set of practical guidelines to applying this technique for various common conditions, and looks closely at issues of safety, expectation and theoretical principles of action.
This new edition includes new scientific research on cupping therapy and the effect on the immune system as well as new material on muscular pain, stress management and cupping therapy and sports medicine. A DVD complements the text with video clips showing the eleven methods of cupping therapy.

This book is for All TCM students Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners