9 Benefits of Cupping

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As part of my practice I offer cupping services. There are three different types of cupping - wet cupping, fire cupping, and suction cupping. Cups can be made of bamboo, earthenware, glass, or silicone. I personally use suction cupping on my clients because it is the least hazardous in my opinion. You may be wondering - so what is cupping, exactly?

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine technique which uses suction to stimulate a healing response in the body. It is a process that has been used for thousands of years. One of the earliest documentations of cupping dates back to 300 AD by Ge Hong, a Tao herbalist. This practice is becoming increasingly popular with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and athletes like Michael Phelps showcasing and advocating for its benefits. Cupping is generally most effective when the cups are placed on points within the meridians that correspond with different bodily functions and/or organs. Receiving cupping has been described as an inverse deep tissue approach, as the practitioner raises the skin instead of compressing it. Cupping is truly holistic, as it targets a variety of ailments in both an energetic and physical way. Here are some ways that cupping affects different parts of the body:

  1. Helps neutralize respiratory conditions like asthma and congestion

  2. Detoxifies the skin by removing waste through veins, arteries, and the lymphatic system

  3. Improves metabolism by regulating digestion and relieving constipation

  4. Tonifies Qi (energy) and organs

  5. Relaxes mind and body, relieving anxiety

  6. Reduces the appearance of cellulite, acne, boils, abscesses, and herpes

  7. Helps one recover from fatigue and weakness by awakening nerves that have become stiff

  8. Lowers fever induced by pathologies

  9. Effective against symptoms like depression, ischemia, epilepsy, and headaches

Cupping should not be used if you bleed easily, have edema or skin ulcers. It is recommended to take extreme precaution when pregnant. After receiving a cupping treatment for the first time, you may experience bruising which is completely normal. The darker the bruise the more stagnation there is, and black spots may indicate extreme areas of toxicity (often from smoking or very intense environmental pollution.) The more times you receive cupping, the lighter the coloration will likely be. To start, I would recommend a cupping treatment once a month. I hope you found this article helpful in deciding whether or not cupping is right for you. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch  :)

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