Norbert Lindner, Naturopath, Zeuthen, Germany
Dear Mr and Mrs Brugemann,I would like to speak to you today about a
cupping therapy option which I use in my
practice, either to help make an initial
diagnosis or to treat patients with blocked
reactions.In most cases I generally achieve very good
results using bioresonance therapy and
have no difficulties in finding the correct
therapeutic approach to employ. I use the
biotensor for testing in my practice, but
just as often I use the stored program
series based on indications and without
prior testing.As I’m sure you will also have experienced,
I occasionally have patients for whom no
therapeutic approach appears to bring
about the desired results. These are what
are known as patients with blocked
reactions. Sometimes these patients have
blocks which first need to be removed.
Sometimes there will in addition be an
organ stress present which has not yet been
identified or revealed. This stress should be
treated first of all.In order to detect hidden organ stresses or
to identify the treatment to be applied, I use
BICOM® cupping therapy as a diagnostic
procedure. I will now show you in half an
hour how simple it is to make stresses such
as these visible using this method.Since we will be hearing another
presentation on cupping at this Congress,
I will refrain from talking here about the
theoretical background and focus more on
the practical application.
I would like to briefly point out that cupping
therapy is more than 3300 years old.
Hippocrates wrote extensively on cupping
in around 400 B.C., but at that time
treatment was only applied to the affected
areas. Galen of Pergamon (renowned Greek
physician, 129-201 A.D.) was the first to
describe cupping of body regions situated
away from the site of the disorder.
We are generally familiar with cupping
therapy as an effective detoxification and
elimination procedure in naturopathy. Before
we take a closer look at the possibility of
using it for diagnostic purposes, I would
like to point out the contraindications to
- High temperature
- Advanced stage diabetes
- Anaemia and leukaemia
- Acute cardiac conditions with impaired physical fitness
- Extreme fatigue
- PregnancyWhat do we require?
The BICOM® precision cupping applicator set
with vacuum pump, manometer and four
cupping glasses of 50 mm diameter. The
set contains two cupping glasses and I
would recommend that you acquire a
further two glasses. We need a multi-plug
(for nine cables), four black cables, the
large modulation mat and of course a
BICOM® running program 136.
Program 136 is the standard program for
cupping applications and lasts three minutes.
For best results, the modulation mat should
be placed on the couch with a hand towel
over it, allowing the patient to lie on their
stomach with their upper body uncovered.
Program 136 is then set on the BICOM® and
the multi-plug connected via a black cable
with the input to the BICOM®. Four black
cables, which are connected to the cupping
glasses, are now attached to the multi-plug.
Since we only administer dry cupping, we
do not require any further accessories, such
as disposable gloves, lancets or disinfectant
Let’s take a closer look at the cupping
English neurologist Sir Henry Head, 1861-
1940, discovered areas of the skin whose
nerve supply could be assigned to a specific
spinal cord segment. A relationship exists
between the individual Head’s zones and
certain areas of the internal organs which
are supplied by the same spinal cord
segments. This means that pain sensations
(pain) which come from the internal organs
are projected onto the corresponding area
of skin (transferred pain) as a result of the
connectivity in the spinal cord.
In TCM these areas are known as Shu
points or acceptance points. In the case of
both chronic and acute occurrences, they
are suitable for influencing congestion by
way of channelling, dispersing or sedating,
as well as stimulating and toning affected
organ systems in patients suffering from
In the following table you can see the
acupuncture points, the organ reference
and the associated cupping zones on the
Cupping takes place in two stages covering four areas of skin each time.
Positioning the BICOM® cupping glasses
We start with the first cupping glass and
take the lung point at the fourth thoracic
vertebra, placing the cupping glass on the
cupping area, then attaching the vacuum
nozzle to the cupping applicator tap and
pushing it over the tap with the sealing
ring as far as it will go.
By pressing the foot pedal we start the
vacuum pump and can read the degree of
evacuation on the manometer. In the case
of sensitive patients susceptible to pain the
degree of evacuation is around 0.4. It is
crucial to use the same degree of
evacuation for the same patient for all
cupping glasses. By ensuring precisely the
same degree of evacuation, the
discolouration of the skin can be compared
and the diagnosis will be more accurate
than would otherwise be the case with
uncontrolled evacuation. It is possible to
work with a vacuum of up to 0.6.
the cupping heads can be gently removed
from the body.
After the first two areas have been
completed, we repeat the process for the
spleen/stomach/pancreas TV 12 and colon
After the first pair of cupping applicators are
placed at TV 4, the next pair are positioned
at TV 8 for the liver. Once the four cupping
glasses are in position, the multi-plug with
the black cables is placed on the sacrum
and the cupping applicators connected. The
information received from the cupping
applicators is fed into the BICOM® device and
the therapy information is transferred to the
stomach via the modulation mat.
The BICOM® device is now started. A therapy
time of three minutes for the first stage of
BICOM® cupping applicator therapy has
proven to be effective. After this time, firstly
the cable is removed from the cupping
applicators and then the cupping applicators
The pressure valve pin on the cupping
applicators is lightly pressed with the finger.
This enables the vacuum to be filled and
If you have eight cupping glasses and are
adept at using them, you can also cup the
four areas in just one stage. Please note
that for a clear diagnostic result both
the level of evacuation and the cupping
time must be identical for all cupping
glasses. I myself prefer to use four cupping
glasses at a time and a vacuum of 0.4.
As in the first stage, we now divide up the four remaining areas and first of all cup the heart
TV 6 and gallbladder TV 10, followed by the kidney LV 2 and small intestine/bladder S 2.
This photo shows a follow-up examination
during treatment. There is little evidence of
discolouration. The gallbladder, kidney
and colon only manifest slight stresses.
When considering the cupped areas of skin
a clear differentiation in discolouration of
the skin can be seen. This can be very
different on the same patient. There are
usually two or three areas which discolour
particularly badly. In cases of toxic stress,
the area of skin related to the
corresponding organs reacts with dark
discolouration. The degree of skin
discolouration from brown-red to blue is a
very good indicator of stress. A diseased
organ will not necessarily react in a
particularly striking way during cupping
applicator therapy. Different organ areas
may in fact react more strongly. This is
beneficial because it provides an
immediate indication of the priority in
which the organs need to be treated. This
means that the energetic links, for example
those identified in five element theory, are
automatically taken into account in this
The more distinct the discolouration,
the greater the organ stress.
Case 1: Cardiac arrhythmia
It is also recommended that the back be examined after one day and after one week.
Take a look at the following series of photos.
This patient experienced pain in the kidney area as well as cardiac arrhythmia. There was also
evidence of a stress in the gallbladder and colon. After one week all areas of hoematoma had
healed except for the kidney and colon. In the heart area there is only minimal discolouration
present. The kidney stress is therefore identified as the primary area for treatment, followed by
building up the intestines and then stabilisation of the heart.
A young patient came to my practice with
a severe headache. I carried out the
cupping diagnosis over a period of two
weeks, because of the acute level of pain
she was experiencing.
You can quite clearly see the ‘old’
haematomas and can identify the stress in
all areas from the first stage of treatment.
However, following the second stage a
kidney stress is clearly in evidence.
Following some probing on my part, the
patient admitted drinking more than five
litres of fluid (primarily water) per day.
My recommendation not to drink more
than 3 litres spread across the day was
enough to reduce the headaches by more
than half. The follow-up treatment involved
detoxification of the liver, addressing her
dietary habits and building up the
From the two photos in the lower half of
the previous page it is easy to identify the
main stress. All areas apart from the lungs
and liver are showing a high level of stress.
However, it is the heart that shows the
greatest stress. Since this patient is very
impetuous, we tried first of all to remove
Afterwards, we continued working as usual
with bioresonance therapy, focusing on
detoxification. Unfortunately the patient
only comes to the practice very
sporadically. I would have liked to have
documented the results of the treatment
with a further session of cupping therapy.
I hope that I have been able to persuade
you about the benefits of taking case
histories in this way and would like to thank
you for listening.