Two forthcoming Cupping Therapy Workshops for health professionals by The British Cupping Society on 11-12 April, 2015

The following is an announcement by Dr Amir Sheikh  of the British Cupping Society:

We are pleased to announce the following forthcoming workshops:
1)     Beginner’s Workshop the ‘Cupping Therapy: An Introduction’ on Saturday 11th April 2015
2)     Advanced Workshop the ‘Cupping Therapy: Theory to Practice’ on Sunday 12th April 2015.
These workshops will be held at ‘Ilford Medical Centre, 61 Cleveland Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EE’.
Who Are the Workshop aimed at?
Both the Beginner’s and Advanced workshops are designed for health professionals with an interest in Cupping who are aiming to become registered practitioners with the British Cupping Society. The Advanced workshop is designed for candidates who have attended the Beginner’s Workshop previously.
Health professionals can encompass the following:
1.      Medical Doctors
2.      Surgeons
3.      Dentists
4.      Nurses with a background in Health Sciences
5.      Physiotherapists
6.      Pharmacists
7.      Physician’s Assistants
We are the first organization in the UK to offer workshops for medical cupping therapy. Our workshops

are continually updated in line with current practice, latest guidelines and research. We believe our practitioners should be at the forefront of Cupping Therapy in the UK.

The British Cupping Society has gained recognition both nationally and internationally as an organization representing the practice of Cupping in the United Kingdom. Our aim is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the safe practice of Cupping for the benefit of society as a whole. The BCS provides leadership in the skills of Cupping by promoting an Evidence Based Approach to Cupping Therapy whilst upholding key traditional elements of the practice. In order to further these aims, we intend to implement our policies and plans to ensure the professional growth and success of Cupping.
The BCS is an autonomous body founded and managed by a team of qualified medical and health professionals who want to standardize and regulate the practice of cupping in the UK and worldwide to preserved this noble profession.
We welcome any participants who share our goals onto our team.
Why are only health professional accepted FOR workshops?
We accept that there is great enthusiasm amongst practitioners and the public to practice this therapy. However we must maintain professional standards in order to ensure patient safety and to ensure that British Cupping Society Practitioners deliver the best care. Our courses are based on the application of Medical Cupping Therapy and therefore our practitioners need to have a background in the health sciences and be skilled in diagnosis and patient communication.
We will therefore consider individual enquiries on merit, please email for any specific queries.
Who will deliver the Workshop?
Fully qualified medical doctors and academics with an interest in Cupping and Alternative therapies will deliver the workshop. The BCS has a wealth of experience in all aspects of cupping including Research, Clinical Practice and Training. We hope to share our unique experiences with you. Having established in the UK as Cupping Therapy specialists, our practitioners have earned international recognition. You will have a chance to observe, ask questions and then practice yourselves under their supervision.
What if I’m not a health professional but want to practice cupping?
In 2014 we are will be arranging a programme for non-health professionals allowing them to practice as cupping therapy assistants. Further details will be available in the near future.
The Outline of the Beginners Workshop is as follows:
1.      Review of Anatomy and Physiology Related to Cupping (Pre-reading material)
2.      Introduction to Cupping Therapy
3.      History of Cupping therapy
4.      Traditional Approaches and Timings
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;    Current Theories and Mechanisms of Action of Cupping Therapy

6.      Current Scientific Evidence Related to Efficacy of Cupping Therapy
7.      Clinical Indications and Contraindications of Cupping Therapy
8.      Infection Control Guidelines Related to Wet Cupping
9.      Demonstration of Wet, Dry and Massage Cupping
10.  Practical Session on Wet, Dry and Massage cupping
11.  Health clearance for Practicing Cupping
12.  The Cupping Clerking Proforma & Record Keeping
13.  Clinical Room Requirements and Consent
14.  Indemnity to Practice
The Outline of the Advanced Workshop is as follows:
1.      Review of Beginner’s Workshop
2.      Review of Current Methods of Cupping Therapy Application including: Meridian Points and Traditional Points
3.      Importance of using a Standardized Approach
4.      Using an Evidenced Based Approach to Cupping
5.      Introducing the BCS algorithm for Selecting Cupping Points
6.      Introducing the BCS Systems Based Approach to Cupping
7.      Devising Management Plans for the Cupping Patient
8.      Current Best Evidence in Cupping
9.      Evidenced Based Points for Common Cupping Conditions
10.  Incorporating Research in Practice
11.  Problem Based Learning and Group Discussion of Clinical Cases
12.  Examination of the Practical Application of the Cupping Procedure
13.  Examination of Obtaining Valid Consent in Cupping
14.  Oral viva on Safe Approach in Managing a Cupping Patient
15.  Towards becoming a Registered BCS Practitioner
How will I learn?
The workshop is based on small group teaching to help you get the most out of the course. We believe in maximizing the interaction between the candidates and the tutor, there is ample opportunity for question and answers. We hope this will help you to personalize your experience. Methods of teaching include the following:
1.      Lectures
2.      Group discussion
3.      Case based Discussion
4.      Practical Session
5.      Examination
We have a limit on 10-12 participants per workshop to ensure that you achieve maximum benefit from the experience.
Do I need any previous experience in cupping?
Yes, you will need to have attended our Beginner’s Workshop to qualify for attending this workshop.
How do I apply?
Please complete the Application form below and then scan or email a copy to the following  address:
Once you have registered and payment has been received, you will receive a pre-course material via email 2 weeks prior to the course. You will see the course has been split over a period of five days, the first four of which are self directed. The final day of the workshops will conclude with practical applications and assessments in Cupping Therapy.
Yes providing you meet the entry requirements.
HOw Much will the workshop cost?
The cost is £300 per candidate per workshop. There is a concession rate of £275 per workshop for applications received before the 10th of March, 2015 
What do I achieve after workshops?
Upon successful completion of the ‘Beginner’s Introductory Workshop’, participants will be invited to attend the ‘Advanced Cupping Therapy Workshop’.
Upon successful completion of the Advanced Workshop candidates will receive a certificate of competence providing you pass the exam at the end of the workshop. We can then enter you onto the pathway of becoming a registered BCS practitioner which requires a period of clinical work, case write-up and clinical supervision.
Additional benefits of attending the workshop 

  • Prestigious: Course prepared for Health Professionals by Medical Professionals 
  • Exclusive: Direct interaction with leading specialists with research based knowledge 
  • Practical: “Hands-on” experience 
  • Provision: All necessary materials, documents & cupping sets 
  • Refreshments & Lunch are provided 
  • Recognition: The BCS is involved nationally and internationally in the regulation and promotion of cupping therapy. Workshop completion opens up a pathway to becoming a BCS registered practitioner allowing inclusion onto our professional body and practitioners register.

  • Please complete the application form located at this link:
  • Please attach a copy of your Beginner’s Workshop Certificate if you have previously attended a workshop and want to apply for the Advanced workshop.
  • Payment is via BACS transfer details are on the registration form.
  • Please state your name and date of workshop as reference.
  • Please note the deadline for application is Monday 30th March, 2015


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