Cupping Therapy for Disease and Pain Relief
"With acupuncture and cupping,
more than half the ills are cured."
- traditional Chinese saying
Cupping is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy used to treat disease and pain caused by stagnation of the blood or Qi. Specifically, cupping has been very effective in treating these conditions:
- Colds and flu
- Abdominal pain
- Menstrual problems
- Hormonal disorders
- Muscular pain
- Muscle spasms
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Joint pain
- Cold hands and feet
- Compromised immune function
- Lymphatic congestion
- Skin disorders
- Weight gain
Cupping is a non-invasive method of stimulating blood circulation, moving Qi through the body, and drawing toxins out of the blood and organs. Cupping is an excellent therapy for any condition involving congestion (such as constipation, chronic cough and other respiratory illnesses), toxicity (which can cause headache, fatigue, lowered immune system or weight gain), and inflammation (which is a source of many of the body's aches and pains).
As a general health tonic, cupping cleanses and invigorates the body's circulatory system by removing toxins from the blood stream and breaking up old red blood cells, which are then replaced by fresh cells from the bone marrow. Cupping is an excellent detoxifier, and laboratory studies have found that a higher amount of waste material is excreted in the urine after a cupping treatment.
Cupping disperses and moves blood and Qi by applying suction and pressure on any area of the body, often on certain points related to the issue being treated. Small glass cupping jars are heated and placed directly on the skin, which creates a partial vacuum and non-painful sucking action. The jars are left on the skin for several minutes or the cups may be moved around the surface of the skin, creating a massage-like effect.
Cupping causes blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin. This creates the appearance of bruising or red marks. The degree of redness often indicates the severity of stagnation and toxicity. (In Chinese Medicine, dark blood is a sign of stagnation). These marks are painless and harmless and will subside with in a few hours or days.
For more information about how cupping therapy can help you, please contact Bobbie.
Bobbie Rene Parke, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.