The Ancient Art of Cupping

by Susan Johnson
Item #: C-SJ031

Approved by: IVAS, Standard Certificate, NCCAOM

Language: English

Course Type: Recorded Seminar

Course Length: 11.5 h

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Access Period: 1 Year

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The Ancient Art of Cupping

Course Overview

This course is devoted to the advanced technique of Cupping. A lecture on the The Ancient Art of Cupping will be presented, and will cover all the different styles of suction technique, as well as Gua Sha. Susan will discuss at length what the color on the skin actually means and how and why toxins build up in the muscles and/or joints. Safety concerns will be addressed, as well as how to inform the patient about aftercare and what to expect from their cupping treatment. There will be recorded demonstrations of cupping patterns, with detailed explanations. Recorded Q&A and case histories about the various techniques that are presented are also included.

Course Objectives

  • To provide practitioners with a well-rounded scope of practice, including advanced cupping techniques.
  • To provide an understanding of the various types of cupping techniques, and how and when they can be applied to different clinical situations.
  • To ensure students understand, and learn what they need to know to provide excellent health care for their patients in a safe, sterile, sensitive, and effective way.
  • To ensure that students are aware of when cupping is best used and also when and why it might be avoided.
  • To help students understand the energetic ways in which point patterns can be intelligently combined with cupping, to enhance a treatment.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 30 minRecorded Q&A on general questions regarding Tung's points and application of the concepts

30 min - 1.75 hrsLecture on the history, uses and contraindications of cupping

1.75 hrs - 2.75 hrsStudy of different types of cupping: glass, bamboo and plastic, showing examples of each type of cup and its proper use

2.75 hrs - 3.25 hrsRecorded Q&A and case histories from earlier material covered in course

3.25 hrs - 5.25 hrsLecture on cupping patterns, with a careful study of each joint that can be cupped and the correct types and sizes of cups to use for the task

5.25 hrs - 7.5 hrsDemonstration of neck and shoulder cupping, followed by recorded demonstrations/footage of students performing cupping with instructor's commentary on techniques and strategies employed; recorded Q&A and case histories.

7.5 hrs - 11.5 hrsRecorded Cupping demos with instructor's commentary and recorded Q&A/case histories from students/patients


A graduate of the ACTCM, Susan Johnson, L.Ac., has been practicing TCM for over 30 years. She studied extensively with Drs. Miriam Lee and Young Wei Chieh, and teaches Tung's Points internationally.
Course Length 11.5h
Course Language English
Course Type Recorded Seminar
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