April Bui Acupuncture 

Clinic Houston 

Memorial - Spring Branch  

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Cupping is an age-old method used 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 over 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.

Please be advised that this information is intended for educational purpose only. Cupping should be performed only by a trained professional. 

We advise that you do not perform cupping on your own to yourself or anyone else.

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Stressed and tight muscles especially in the back
  • Cold, flu, fevers
  • Persistent cough with respiratory congestion
  • Chest tightness
  • Blood poisoning, infections
  • Skin conditions, boils, rashes
  • Draw out blood toxins
  • Excessive cold, heat, or wind invasion
  • Frozen shoulder or neck
  • Stuffiness in ears
  • Sinus congestion
  • Poor blood or energy circulation
  • And more . . . .

Normal Side Effects:

  • Bruising - is a normal side effect of cupping which typically will go away within a week. Depends on the intended healing purpose, many times bruising is a welcoming sight indicating that the cupping was effective. No bruising can indicate that the pressurized suction was not strong enough to effect blood and qi flow.
  • Raised small fluid pockets - can result in the areas being cupped, especially in people with lots of toxins.
  • Bleeding - is also a normal side effect especially if cupping is administered together with acupuncture needles. Oftentimes the bleeding is purposefully stimulated to achieve the healing effects for certain conditions, such as to draw out infectious toxins in the blood.