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              Chinese medicine . Acupuncture . Energy therapies          

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is an age-old method that we use in Chinese medicine treatment to facilitate energy (qi) flow, enhance blood circulation, disperse blood, qi, and other forms of blockages, extract excess wind, heat, cold or toxicities out of the body by creating a strong suction, pulling effect when a cup makes contact with the body.

With cupping one feels a strong pressure, pulling sensation covering a large area of the body in contrast to the sharp, prickly sensation of the acupuncture needle to a point in the body. Cupping is generally not painful, in fact it can feel like a wonderful deep massage.


Purposes of cupping & possible side-effects:

  • Stressed and tight muscles especially in the back
  • Cold, flu, fevers
  • Persistent coughs with respiratory congestion
  • Blood poisoning, infections
  • Skin conditions, boils, rashes
  • Excessive cold, heat, or wind invasion
  • Frozen shoulder or neck, stuffiness in ears, sinus congestion
  • Poor blood or energy circulation

Cupping commonly causes bruising; this is normal and the bruises should go away within a week. Depends on the intended healing purpose, many times bruising is a welcoming sight indicating that the cupping is effective. No bruising can indicate that the pressurized suction was not strong enough to effect blood and qi flow. Sometimes small fluid pockets can come in the areas being cupped, especially in people with lots of toxins.

Cupping can also cause bleeding especially if it is administered together with acupuncture needles. Oftentimes the bleeding is purposefully stimulated to achieve the healing effects for certain conditions, for example to draw out infectious toxins in the blood.

If you're interested in having cupping, please consult with our acupuncturist for an assessment whether or not it is suitable for your condition or purpose.