Cupping Therapy

A Traditional Therapy in Chinese Medicine

Cupping is a time-honored therapy with roots in traditional Chinese medicine. This technique involves placing cups on the skin and creating suction to draw blood flow to the surface. It’s based on the principle of improving circulation and promoting healing by stimulating the body’s natural processes.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is a therapeutic technique that involves placing cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by either heating the air inside the cup or using a suction pump. This suction pulls the skin and underlying tissues upward into the cup, which can create a sensation of tightness or pulling. Cupping is often performed on the back, shoulders, and other areas of the body with tight muscles or areas of pain.

What is it helpful for?

Cupping is helpful for a variety of health issues, including:

  • Muscle tension and soreness
  • Pain relief, including back pain and headaches
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Relieving respiratory issues, such as coughs and asthma
  • Detoxification and promoting lymphatic drainage
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
    Cupping can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other Chinese Medicine modalities for comprehensive care.

How will it be used?

During a cupping session, cups are placed on specific areas of the body and left in place for several minutes. The suction created by the cups draws the skin and underlying tissues upward, which can result in a circular mark or bruise-like discoloration known as a “cupping mark.” The intensity of the suction and the duration of the treatment may vary depending on the individual’s condition and preferences.

I see people walking around with cupping bruises, how long do they last?

Cupping marks, or bruises, typically last anywhere from a few days to a week, depending on the individual’s skin sensitivity and the intensity of the cupping treatment. The marks are not actual bruises but rather a discoloration caused by the release of stagnant blood and toxins from the tissues. They are generally painless and gradually fade over time as the body’s natural healing processes take place.

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