Cupping is a technique that is especially useful in the treatment of problems of local “Qi”, or blood stagnation in the channels. It can also be very helpful in expelling the external pathogenic factor of Wind-Cold that can invade the lungs. Cupping is an ancient technique that is still used by modern practitioner. This form of treatment is usually performed as an alternative to acupuncture: The cups are placed over acupuncture points but they treat a larger area of the body.
Who will benefit from Cupping ?
Cupping is used to treat pain, ease scar tissue deep within muscles and connective tissues, and reduce swelling and muscle knots. Also, like many complementary treatments, cupping is supposed to minimize circulating toxins by drawing them into the skin where they are more easily removed.
Cupping was practiced as part of ancient Persian medicine; according to a paper on traditional Persian medicine, cupping “evacuates the morbid materials from the compromised organs.”
Cupping has also been used for:
-back and neck pain
-skin diseases such as acne and hives
-improving immune function
What to expect during a cupping treatment ?
If it is your first session with the practitioner, please allow at least one hour for the session. A case history will be taken and the practitioner will come up with a treatment plan on how to proceed. You may receive both cupping and acupuncture in one session.
During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that are placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin.
When the hot cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.