Cupping is an ancient therapy that was first adopted by ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern Cultures. It involves placing glass, bamboo, or silicone cups on the skin to create suction to problem areas of the body for a short period of time.
There are seven major types of cupping however the two most commonly used are retained cupping and wet cupping. Retained cupping occurs where cups are warmed using a flammable substance (e.g. herbs or paper) and placed onto the skin that causes the skin to rise and blood vessels to expand.
Wet cupping or bleeding cupping follows the same steps as the retained cupping with the exception where before the suction of the cups, small incisions with a triangle-edged needle or plum-blossom needle will be made that will cause temporary bleeding.
Different cupping therapies are used to treat different illnesses. Cupping has been shown to help patients with pain, inflammation, to enhance circulation, and promote relaxation and well-being, and provide a deep-tissue massage. Wet cupping has been shown to improve blood and fluid circulation as well as promote detoxification.
Our TCM Practitioners provide cupping therapy to our patients with health issues including:
- Blood disorders
- Bronchial congestion such as coughing or asthma
- Female health
- Headaches or migraines
- High blood pressure
- Infertility issues
- Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
- Rheumatic diseases
- Skin issues
- Varicose veins