Cupping Therapy

Completely safe and highly effective treatment for reducing pain, treating sprains and enhancing localized circulation.

History of Cupping

Cupping therapy is one of the oldest natural healing therapies in the world, used by Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese. Cupping dates back to approximately 200 AD.

Procedure- Fire Throwing Method

Glass cups are heated from the inside with fire to create a vacuum and then placed on the painful area of the body. The vacuum created by the heat dispels dampness from the body, warms the qi and reduces swelling.

Medium, Strong, Massage and Flash cupping methods available.

Cupping may be applied to neck, shoulders, upper arms, back, sacral area, abdomen, hip, thigh and calves.

The Difference Between Bruising and Cupping Discoloration

Bruising is caused by impact trauma with capillary breakage and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location due to the tissue injury.

In correctly performed suction cup therapy, the temporary cupping discoloration that results, also known as “sha,” is NOT painful or due to a compression injury. Although the discoloration may appear as a ‘bruise,’ it evolves through a different mechanism. Traditional Chinese Medicine regards the appearance of sha as an indication that toxins and stagnation are being pulled to the surface of the body, restoring healthy Qi and blood flow below.

Mechanism of Cupping

The suction resulting from negative pressure, improves circulation by bringing fresh, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to replenish the tissues and accelerate the healing process. Cupping is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws inflammation out and does not add to it. Cupping is warming and promotes the free flow of Qi and blood in the meridians, dispelling cold dampness, diminishing swelling and pains.

For massage cupping, the strong vacuum will mimic the rolling action of deep tissue massage without the discomfort. Contracted, tense and painful muscle tissue will soften with massage cupping.

Benefits of Cupping

  • Deep tissue work and release without any discomfort
  • Facilitates the movement if Qi and blood systemically and locally
  • Pulls blood supply to the skin
  • Moves stagnation, drains fluids, breaks up and expels congestion
  • Relieves inflammation
  • Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness and arthritis
  • Stretches muscles and connective tissues
  • Loosens adhesions and stubborn knots in soft tissue
  • Nervous system sedation
    • Pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, this allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body.
    • Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
    • Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety
    • Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance pH levels
    • Used for low back, shoulders and leg pain, gastrointestinal disorders- stomachaches, vomiting, diarrhea and lung disease- cough, asthma.

Contraindications

  • Cardiac or renal failure
  • Ascites due to hepatocirrhosis
  • Severe edema
  • Destruction of skin, allergic dermatitis, skin ulcers
  • Hernias
  • High fever
  • Persons susceptible to spontaneous bleeding or endless bleeding after trauma
  • Pregnancy (avoid abdomen, medial leg and lumbosacral region)

If concerned about post cupping temporary discolorations, cupping therapy may not be for you.     

Post Treatment and What to Expect

Mild to moderate skin markings and discoloration may appear, depending on individual’s circulation, blood stagnation and toxic load. Bruising may last up to 1-2 weeks.

Sweating is a great after treatment follow up to help rid the body of the toxicity and debris released.

 

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