Cupping

Cupping has been part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally animal horns were used and this was later progressed to brass, iron, ceramic, and bamboo cups. Presently glass cups are used and are available in many sizes, and selections according to the skin surface and method of treatment.

Cupping is a very useful and safe technique.  First oil or cream is applied to the patient’s skin.  Using a hemostat to hold a cotton ball, it is wet with alcohol.  The cotton ball is then ignited and placed into the cup.  The flame is used to create a partial vacuum in the glass cup.  Once this is done, the cup is quickly applied to the surface of the patient’s skin.  The skin will get drawn up into the glass cup. Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.

Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. This technique is very useful in treating chronic pain, joint and soft tissue dysfunction. Patients will notice an immediate decrease in their pain and an increase in their range of motion. When the glass cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing can take place much easier. Cupping tends to brings fresh blood to the area and therefore improves circulation. It also helps open up the chest and benefit the lungs and can even benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems, too. Most commonly, it's used for aches and pains of various types and respiratory problems such as coughing and wheezing.  

Patients have commented on cupping with “It feels a bit strange, it definitely doesn’t hurt, it just feels like someone is pulling at your skin”. Cupping marks are temporary and can last several days. They look like round circular bruises. Although not everyone gets them, some people do get some marks
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