(Add IV Therapy to your cupping session for optimal benefit)
, though it has been relatively unknown to Western
civilization until recently, has been utilized in Traditional Chinese
Medicine for thousands of years. Though techniques have been modernized, the
philosophy behind this therapy has remained the same. Cupping therapy
uses small glass, plastic, or bamboo jars as suction devices that are
placed on the body in various places. Cupping therapy is used to relieve
pain, boost immune function, rid the body of toxins, and lower stress.
At the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine is the belief that
the body has a flow of natural energy coursing through it. This energy
is called “chi” or “qi.” If it continues moving throughout your body,
then you are healthy. Traditional belief says that channels called
“meridians” direct this flow of this energy. Injuries and illness may
create blockages in the flow and cause you to feel ill.
How these treatments work to help you heal
Cupping therapy removes blockages so that your energy
flows again. Cupping is used to create suction on your skin above the tissue
damage. This suction also brings blood to the area being treated and
heals by taking away waste through lymph flow. The principle behind treatment is to reduce inflammation and promote healing. A
certified practitioner will consider your symptoms carefully to create a personalized plan. The cupping process takes about 30-40 minutes
For many, the journey towards choosing an alternative therapy begins
with pain. Like massage or acupuncture, cupping therapy is also a
non-invasive, safe, and natural way to reduce joint and muscle pain. One
way to think of cupping is like an inverse massage. Rather than
applying pressure, it uses suction to pull the tissue and muscle
upwards. This serves to relax tense muscles and ease the stiffness often
associated with chronic pain, especially for those with lower back
issues, neck pain, and migraines. Many athletes have turned to cupping
to reduce muscle cramps and to help maintain their mobility. Cupping
therapy increases blood flow within capillaries and vessels, bringing
much needed oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissues. Cups are commonly
placed over pain points around the fleshy part of the shoulder blades,
the lower back, neck, and legs.
Treating respiratory issues and colds
Over the ages, some of the most common ailments that cupping has been
used to treat are respiratory conditions. Due to its ability to
increase circulation, it has been a valuable treatment to nourish the
lungs. Cupping therapy can help clear congestion caused by the
flu or common cold and can even be beneficial in treating asthma. By
moving blood and lymphatic fluid through the use of suction pressure,
this therapy helps to boost immune function. Cupping has been linked
with reductions in lung diseases like infections, allergies, and chronic
coughs. In fact, cupping therapy was used to treat conditions like
pulmonary tuberculosis long before modern medicine made prescriptions
People with disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may find
significant relief through cupping therapy, because decreasing stress is
tied to a healthier digestive system. It can also be beneficial for
people suffering frequent stomach pains, acute gastritis, water
retention, and loss of appetite. For these treatments, cups are commonly
placed around the navel, over the bladder or stomach, and around the
Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
If you research cupping therapy, you might see pictures of dark
circular marks on the skin and wonder how it could possibly be relaxing.
The truth is, like acupuncture, this therapy is rarely painful. The
marks tend to disappear within a day or two and will not be
uncomfortable if the therapy is performed correctly by a certified practitioner.
Cupping has even been found to lower patients' response to
stress significantly. As the muscle and tissues are flooded with oxygen
and healing nutrients, they relax completely. This relaxation is
extended to the central nervous system, which becomes sedated during a
cupping session. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep
during their sessions.
After Cupping Instructions
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Give your lymphatic system the extra fluids it needs to flush your body of the toxins. (Consider IV Therapy).
- Don’t shower immediately after cupping.
- Keep the areas that were treated covered and warm.
- Avoid alcohol.
may feel fatigued or experience flu-like symptoms the next day. This is
normal. It’s your body processing and expelling the toxins that were
released during your cupping session. Take it easy, get extra rest, and
practice good self-care. Your body will thank you!
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