Cleaning Bulb Internals and Cupping on Patients with Ectasia

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Thank you for joining us for another installment of our Cupping Therapy Q&A Series. Here, we feature clinical questions submitted to us by ACE Massage Cupping Therapy practitioners. Our educators offer some brief insight on the topic so that you can expand your working knowledge on this revolutionary bodywork therapy and its benefits.


We just purchased some of the facial cups for our clinic and may be getting more sets for each clinic. I was trying to find out if there was a good way to clean/sterilize the inside of the bulbs for  these cups (submersion, etc.). My interest is for when not using for facial cupping but areas where body fluids could come into contact with the inside of bulbs. Trying to avoid separate cups for each patient.

Also wanted to know if anyone had experience with cupping for ectasia?  Makes sense to cup but thought there might be some experience making Tx more / faster effective.


Ectasia: milk duct blockage, discharge, or benign non-cancerous cells? There are three possible conditions under that name, so I cannot give blanket answer. If blockage, yes cups can help. If other, then I would suggest no. Ultimately, if it is recommended to massage / benefit from manipulation, then any massage cupping is also (with logical application).

As for cleaning bulbs’ inside: you may submerge to clean and then drip dry/air dry.  There is no fast way to clean the interior, but it is necessary to keep dry when using on clients.  Ultimately, do your best to not get fluids inside. We recently filmed a brief video going over the basics of cleaning our equipment. Please check out the video below to learn more on cleaning cupping therapy equipment.

Video: Cleaning Cupping Therapy Equipment

Join ACE Founder and Educator Anita J. Shannon as she explores a variety of cleaning methods and recommended products that she uses to clean her cupping therapy equipment.

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Anita J. Shannon
Anita J. Shannon

Educator Info

  • ACE Founder
  • Director of ACE
  • Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee – 2011


Anita J. Shannon has been a licensed massage therapist and licensed cosmetologist since 1983. She specializes in skin care, body treatments, clinical aromatherapy, and various modalities of massage therapy. She has been a national educator since 1990, appearing at numerous national spa and massage conventions each year. For four years, Anita appeared as a co-host on the television program “Health Options Today” with Dr. Mitchell Ghen.

Anita is the founder and director of Advanced Continuing Education (ACE), an NCBTMB CE provider established in 2001. Anita has presented hundreds of workshops on ACE Massage Cupping and MediCupping therapy throughout the US and internationally since 2002. Anita has been published on the subject of cupping therapy in industry publications such as Massage Today, Massage Magazine, and Les Nouvelles Esthetiques. She has published two educational videos on ACE Massage Cupping bodywork, two on MediCupping therapy and one on TheraCupping home care, and is currently writing a book on VacuTherapies. In 2011, Anita was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

In 2016, Anita opened ACE Institute Online, an online education portal designed to bring cupping therapy training into the digital age. Since its debut in 2016, ACE Institute Online has introduced the revolutionary techniques found in ACE Massage Cupping and MediCupping to over ten thousand students worldwide.

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