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. Keep in mind that cupping commonly causes bruising. It is normal and the bruises should go away within 4-5 days.
Depending 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.
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.
What cupping is used for:
- Stressed and tight muscles especially in the back
- Cold, flu, fevers
- Persistent coughs with respiratory congestion
- Blood poisoning, infections
- Skin conditions, boils, rashes
- Excessive heat
- Frozen shoulder or neck
- Facial paralysis
- Stuffiness in ears
- Poor blood or energy circulation
Interested in having cupping?
Cupping can be given with or without acupuncture depending on the purpose or condition.
Cupping is especially beneficial for people having chronically tight and stiff back.
If you are interested in having cupping, please consult with our acupuncturist to determine whether or not it is suitable for your condition or purpose.