Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy which consists of placing cups on the skin to create suction in order to influence the blood flow. It is widely used to disperse wind, cold and stagnation of phlegm. The suction is most often created by heat or with manual devices. Cups are applied on selected body parts to remove blood stasis and restore a free flow of blood.
Cupping is effective in treating many types of pain (especially musculoskeletal). Cupping improves circulation to problem areas, which reduces stiffness, alleviates muscle cramps, helps reduce scar tissue and accelerates healing. Cupping is highly effective for respiratory tract diseases such as the common cold, bronchitis or pneumonia. It can also be useful for skin disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, hives, and acne.
Patients should not feel pain during cupping. They will notice the suction sensation from the cups. Patients usually feel more relaxed with reduced muscle tension immediately, and continue to experience other benefits. Cupping is often combined with other TCM treatments, such as acupuncture or herbal medicine. Due to the accumulation of blood in a localized area, cupping usually results in circular bruises - where the cups have been applied – which disappear in 3 to 5 days. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about cupping therapy.