Interview With Kira Murphy A leading Acupuncture and cupping therapist - USA

1-      Please give us a detailed introduction about yourself, location, education, professional membership, current position and how, where and why you learned cupping therapy?
Kira Murphy recieved her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine degree (M.S.O.M.) from Southwest Acupuncture College
in Boulder, Colorado. Her extensive graduate program lasted 4.5 years with over 3000 hours of training, which includes over 1100 hours of clinical hands on training. She is a licensed Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) through the National Committee for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM ) . She is also certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM ) in Clean Needle Technique and is state licensed as a Licensed Acupuncturist in the Colorado. None of these licenses have ever been revoked or suspended for any reason.

Clinical Training
Clinical Internship in 5 Element (emotional) Acupuncture- Abbye Silverstein
Clinical Intership in Oncology - Nina Herrick- B.A, M.A, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac
Clinical Intership in  Dr. Tan Pain Management- Douglas Frank- Ed.M., C.M.T., L.Ac
Clinical Internship- Women's Care- Mary Saunders-B.A., Dipl. Ac., L.Ac

Injection Therapy Training

Injection Therapy: 

2 Day Injection Therapy Workshop-Michael Young- Ac., Lac

Guna Seminars:
Physiological Regulating Medicine in Aesthetic Medicine, Pain Management & Mesotherapy.
Part 1: Introduction to PRM and Pain Management, Differentiaiton of Therapeutic Protocols of Aesthetic and Pain Management.
Part 2: Injection Techniques, Clinical uses of Biotherapeutic Medicines in Aesthetics, Analysis of Therapeutic Protocols in Aestheic Medicine: Cellulite, Local Adiposity, Wrinkles, Face and Neck Bio-lifing, Breast Toning, Tissue Toning, Bags under the eyes, Dilation of Capillaries, Detox Program, Pain Managment, Mesotherapy an Innovative Way to Boost Beauty, Health, and Wellness of your Patients Using Cutting-Edge Medicines.

Seminars Other:
- Pulse Diagnosis, Treating Infertility- Martha Lucas- Ph.D., L.Ac
- Practical Pulse Diagnosis- Martha Lucas- Ph.D., L.Ac
- Treating Children with Oriental Medicine & Shoni Shin- Soma Glick- D.O.M.(N.M.) L.Ac.
-Cosmetic TrainingAdvanced Constitutional Facial .

Acupuncture Renewal ™ - Mary Elizabeth Wakefield L.Ac., M.S., M.M
Acupuncture and Massage for Facial Rejuvenation- Virginia Doran- M.S. L.Ac., L.M.T
Mei Zen style Cosmetic Acupuncture for Face & Neck- - Martha Lucas- Ph.D., L.Ac
Injection Therapy with use of homeopathics therapeutic Protocols in Aestheic Medicine: Cellulite, Local Adiposity, Wrinkles, Face and Neck Bio-lifing, Breast Toning, Tissue Toning, Bags under the eyes, Stretch Marks, and Scars.
Mater Level Reiki 
Cupping training by various teachers at Southwest Acupuncture College in Gunbarrel Colorado.
2-      Please, give us some details about any published clinical trial, paper, article, book of you?

The link below is a video I made to help describe cupping to patients as well as any person who may not be familiar with cupping.

3-      Give us a detailed description about the cupping therapy type you use, how to do this type, for what conditions, number of treatment prescribed and how many treatments considered a prescribed course of cupping therapy?
I use many types of cupping therapy depending on the diagnosis. I like to use glass cups and fire cupping for acute wind attacks such as colds and flu. I use sliding cupping along the bladder channels to bring the qi to the surface to fight the invading pathogen. For acute attacks the patient may only need one session.
For muscular issues I like to use manual suction cups. With this type of cupping I can choose the strength of suction and be very specific on location. I can also add suction if the amount of color is not showing up that I'd like to see. For muscular problems I may need to see a patient 2-5 times. 
For cases of toxic heat in the blood I do bleeding cupping with glass cups. I may need to see the person 5-10 times. It always depends on proper diagnosis with pulse, palpation, intake and tongue evaluation.
 4-      Give the new cupping therapists the key of success and the tips you gained from your practice?
Make sure you use enough oil or liniment when doing sliding cupping.
Be careful with the amount of alcohol you use on your cotton ball make sure it is not dripping. Make sure the alcohol has not dripped on the patient or inside the cup.
Practice. Don't be afraid to add a short cupping treatment to an acupuncture treatment. 
5-      Please, describe in details the best and the difficult case that you treated by cupping therapy?
 The best and most difficult case treated by cupping was severe facial acne caused by toxic heat in the blood. We did cupping bleeding on Du14. We pricked Du14 3-5 times with a lancet the placed the cup over the top. This pulled out toxic blood. The blood appeared to be bright red but very coagulated. This clears heat as well as wind (which is associated with the skin). We did only this point with bleeding cupping once a week for a month. By the end of the month the acne was almost completely gone. With some diet coaching and regular treatments we managed to clear up the patients acne problem. 
6-      Describe the most noted side effect of cupping therapy and how you deal with it?
The most noted side affect I see is bruising and if the suction is too intense a welt may occur. We always try and avoid a raised welt. If the intensity is too strong we release the cup. We always ask for feedback from the patient. We may also use arnica on the darkened areas that look bruised. 
7-      How you see the future of cupping ?
Cupping seems to be a forgotten art and medicine. Many people learn it and then quickly forget it. With the latest technology media, websites, videos, and news coverage hopefully people will come to understand the benefits of cupping. Some people are afraid to try cupping do to the discoloration and fear of bruising. If cupping is properly done it should not be painful and is actually quite relaxing. If explained and demonstrated on patients hopefully people will overcome their fears of cupping and improve their health with the therapeutic benefits of cupping. The more knowledge that can be passed on the better. 
8-      In your opinion, what is the theory behind the cupping therapy effect?
When cupping is preformed qi and blood is brought to the surface or to the wei level of qi. This level of qi is the defensive qi which can be activated, energized and stimulated into healing the body. When done in specific areas such as injured and or sore muscles it may also pull toxins or lactic acid to the surface where the lymphatic system can properly dispose and detoxify. More qi and blood are circulated also causing an improvement to health and functionality of the area and our body system as a whole. 
9-      Your recommendation to enhance the practice?
My recommendation to enhance the practice is for acupuncturists or other qualified therapists to simply start adding a 5-10 minute cupping treatment to their session. The more we practice the more we learn. 
10-   How people can contact you?


Who Will Benefit From Using Cupping Therapy?

There are many people that use cupping therapy to help them relieve the pain the feel on a daily basis. Cupping therapy provides many benefits for pretty much anyone. If you have a health condition that is causing you pain of some type, then you will definitely benefit from using this therapy. There are many places that offer this therapy, even in Vancouver, WA., and many other places around the world.

Now, before learning about who this therapy can help, it is important that you understand what it is. Cupping is therapy that uses pressurized glass or bamboo cups to provide a gentle vacuum on your skin which will help relieve pain, remove toxins, and many other things. It is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for many years in the past and is becoming more popular these days.

To help you understand who will really benefit from this therapy, here are some of the different health conditions that it will help with.
1. Headache – Many people feel headaches, but there are some people that experience them a lot. This therapy will help relieve the pain from the headache and prevent you from having so many of them.
2. Back pain – Do you feel pain your lower to middle back? If you do, then you will definitely benefit from this therapy.
3. Joint and muscular pain – Cupping will help to relieve pain from your muscles and help them be more flexible.
4. Rheumatic diseases – There are many people that suffer from this condition that have found this therapy very beneficial for them.
5. Insomnia – If you find yourself not being able to sleep, then this may be the answer to helping you sleep. Many people with insomnia have benefited greatly from this therapy.
6. Asthma – Again, if you are someone that suffers from this condition, then 
 this therapy could be what you have been looking for to help you.

These are just a few of the different conditions that cupping therapy can help with. If you are feeling any type of pain, you definitely want to check into this therapy more for yourself because it does provide many benefits for so many different people. Now that you know who it can help, all that is left is determining if it will help you. Get started researching now to make the most informed decision possible and to help you get help quickly for your pain.


Cupping therapy for the treatment and prevention

Cupping is a method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. Diseases and illnesses occur when your meridian channels are blocked. Opening up the channels can help speed recovery and bring about healing, There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians
The application of Cupping is very simple but its effects are amazing. Our health & well being (immune system) are totally dependent on the movement of blood, Qi (energy) & body fluids (hormones, lymphatic fluid, etc.).

What caused Gwyneth's spots

Gwyneth Paltrow caused a stir at a New York film premiere this week in a low cut top revealing a back covered in large circular bruises.
At first glance they looked like large love bites, but in fact they were caused by a form of alternative therapy.
Gwyneth had cupping, a kind of acupuncture.
It involves placing heated cups over the skin to encourage blood flow and ease stress, aches and pains.
Cupping has been practised for thousands of years for the treatment of disease and pain. 

It is a form of acupuncture that focuses on the movement of blood, energy - called qi - and body fluids, such as lymph - which circulates around the body's tissues.
Oriental medicine states pain is due to stagnation of these systems. This stagnation can be a result of injury or stress.

Cupping is believed to stimulate flow of blood, lymph and Qi to the affected area. Its uses include relieving pain in the muscles, especially back pain from stiffness or injury, and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur with colds and flu.
How it's done
The therapist takes a number of glass cups, which look like small fish bowls. Each cup is heated with a naked flame. The cup is then quickly applied to the skin. This creates a vacuum.

The suction anchors the cup to the body and the area of skin covered is drawn up a few millimetres into the cup.
The cups are then left on the body whilst the area beneath is treated and the energy, or qi, is moved.

Cupping is usually used on its own, but can be combined with other therapies.
Tim Handley had conventional acupuncture and cupping therapy for a painful shoulder.
He told BBC News Online: "I had four treatments and it really knocked it on the head. It was brilliant. After the first time I had it I felt absolutely fantastic. The difference was so tangible. It was wonderful.

"It felt quite strange because the suction was enormous. It was intense but not painful. You could feel the blood being drawn into the muscle."
Like Gwyneth, he was bruised afterwards, but the marks vanished quickly. 

It looked hilarious. They were deep purple, amazing bruises. But it's not damage as such. They are 'healthy bruises' and they disappeared very quickly - within a week. I would have it done again."

Mike O'Farrell, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council said: "Although cupping does leave noticeable marks that can look alarming, it is not painful during or after treatment.

"This is a successful method as seen by the thousands of patients who use it. However, as with all medical treatments it is important to seek out a registered practitioner."
But Professor Edzard Ernst from the department of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter said, while cupping was relatively safe, it could cause burns.

He added: "There is no evidence for its efficacy. It has not been submitted to clinical trials, but there have certainly been satisfied customers for 3,000 years."

Britney Spears,David Beckham and Cupping therapy

here’s one more fun bit out of the latest STAR magazine about britney spears and the circular markings on her back which probably came from a bit of ‘cupping therapy’ (read below for more on ‘cupping’) well hopefully it will her get prepared for her long awaited comeback – there’s rumors going around now she’ll be playing a few shows at the house of blues very soon…i wonder if she’s still got it in her?!? popbytes over & out for now…xxoo!
like gwyneth paltrow,david beckam britney spears, appears to be a fan of “cupping therapy.” the rehabbed singer was spotted in l.a. on april 18 with circular bruises on her back. dr. mark moshchinsky, a nyc-based acupuncturist, tells star, “it definitely looks like cupping, and it’s around the area that usually involves easing respiratory problems or muscle tension. cupping is used to ease muscle tension and release toxins.”

Cupping Therapy History

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.[1] Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). It is known in local languages as baguan/baguar, badkesh, banki, bahnkes, bekam, buhang, bentusa, kyukaku, gak hoi, Hijamah, kavaa (ކަވާ), singhi among others.

There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 B.C.; the earliest record of cupping is in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world. It describes in 1,550 B.C. Egyptians used cupping. Archaeologists have found evidence in China of cupping dating back to 1,000 B.C. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 B.C.) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. This method in multiple forms spread into medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations.[citation needed]

Cupping in Europe and the Middle East grew from humoral medicine, a system of health ancient Greeks used to restore balance through the four "humors" in the body: blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. This system was pervasive in European and Middle-East cultures at the time. Humoral medicine had a brief or short revival in European medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries, and cupping was used in this practice.[3]

In the West, cupping therapy was part of the basic repertoire of clinical skills a doctor was expected to understand and practice until the latter part of the 19th century with some Eastern European countries such as in Poland and Bulgaria continuing to practice cupping therapy to the present. In parts of Western Europe there has been a recent upsurge in the interest from both public and academic perspectives. Scientific studies researching the effects of cupping therapy attempt to better understand the mechanisms underpinning this age old medical treatment. Societies like the British Cupping Society have contributed to its re-emergence as an alternative therapy.