Cupping therapy is a technique used in Chinese Medicine to help unblock Qi Stagnation, draw out toxins, and stimulate the lymphatic system along acupuncture meridians.
There are several devices used in cupping. The traditional technique uses glass cups that are heated with a flame stick to create suction that pulls the skin up about one or two inches. Other cupping devices do not require a flame stick at all, but will still create enough suction for the same purpose.
Cupping is generally performed on the back, for pain and stagnation, where several yang meridians run vertically. But it can also be performed on the neck, legs and hips. The sensation is similar to deep acupressure, or deep tissue massage. Patients relax on a massage table during cupping treatments for several minutes. Like acupuncture treatments, cupping induces relaxation and a sense of general well being.
You may have seen images of celebrities exposing their cupping marks, almost like a new fashion statement. Indeed, cupping therapy can leave circular marks after each treatment. Depending on the level of stagnation in the meridians, the marks could be dark purple, deep red, or pink. These marks are harmless, and should disappear within a few days.
To achieve optimum health, cupping is a wonderful complement to regular acupuncture treatments, a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.
We will be offering cupping at our new Westerville location. You can schedule online, and feel free to call us at (614) 426-4406 with any questions!