Chinese Cupping Therapy

 

Cupping is a powerful and beneficial method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in which cups are places on the skin to create suction to increase blood flow to that particular area, often decreasing pain or discomfort.

 

How is the suction created?

Creating this suction may be done in a several ways using silicone or plastic cups that are pressed directly onto the skin or fire-cupping. With fire-cupping, a flame is used to release the oxygen in a glass cup creating a vacuum once the cup is placed onto the skin. The flame does not stay in the cup and is never used directly on the skin.

 

Once suction has occurred, the practitioner may gently glide the cups along your muscles much like the inverse of massage. Massage oil is used during this technique. The cups may also be left in place for a period of time. Using the cupping method, the muscles are gently lifted to relax the muscles and increase blood flow to the area.  Most patients find this very relaxing and may have a dull healing sensation hours to days after.

 

 

What does cupping help?  Below are a few things that cupping can benefit.

  • Reduce pain

  • Asthma

  • Congestion

  • Common colds and Cough (Lung disorders)

  • Menstrual pain

  • Gastrointestinal disorders (including constipation & diarrhea)

  • Headaches

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Paralysis

 

It may also be used in the treatment of weight loss and cellulite reduction. 

 

How does cupping help?

  • Increases circulation and blood flow

  • Increases oxygen to the muscles and tissues

  • Removes stagnation

  • Stretches fascia and connective muscle tissue

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Activates the lymphatic system

 

What are the marks left on my skin after cupping?

Pink, red, or purple marks may be left on the skin temporarily after cupping due to the congestion of blood flow. This is not harmful (but beneficial) and will disappear within a few days to a week.

 

What do I do after cupping?

You may continue with your normal daily activities after cupping. You will be asked to keep the area covered and warm for a few hours after the treatment to continue in aiding the healing process.