KEY POINTS OF CUPPING
Covered under Acupuncture Extended Health Benefits as its performed by a Registered Acupuncturist and falls under the Acupuncture Scope
A great alternative medicine to Acupuncture or Massage
Pressure can be adjusted from light to strong upon your request
WHAT IS CUPPING?
Cupping therapy is one of the oldest forms of Chinese alternative medicine where suction is created on the skin. The suction mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. It balances and realigns the flow of Qi (energy), breaks up obstructions, and relieves pain.
BENEFITS OF CUPPING
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping therapy can open the “meridians” of the body and allow invigorating energy flow. Modern scientific research has found that cupping provides several benefits including:
Releasing toxins from tissues
Activation of the lymphatic system
Clearing the veins, arteries, and capillaries
Activation of the skin and clearing stretch marks
Loosening of muscle tension
Smoother blood flow
Sedating the nervous system, which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure
Reduction of cellulite
TYPES OF CUPPING
Many people know about cupping, but just a few know that there are actually two different types: dry and wet. The Dry Cupping method is what most people are familiar with, as it involves only using suction.
And Wet Cupping, also known as Blood Cupping, involves both suction and “controlled medical bleeding.” For this technique, our practitioner will create a small puncture in the skin with a lancet, then place the cup over it to draw out a small amount of blood.
According to ancient Chinese medicine, it helps to clear the bad blood and bad energy. Many athletes opt for this option to treat muscle soreness, recover faster, and help with range of motion.
A common experience after cupping is the appearance of cupping marks. These marks are usually painless and disappear within a few days of treatment. They look like round circular bruises.
Cupping marks indicate there is dead blood, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, or toxins present in the body.
Cupping marks can be an indication of stagnation (blood vessel blockage) or disease which has moved from deeper tissue to the surface layer. The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from bright red to dark purple.
More toxic substances show a richer, deeper color.
With each treatment, the marks will become progressively lighter as the pathogens are removed from the body.