Cupping has been used therapeutically since at least 300 A.D. by Taoist physicians in China, with cups of horn or bamboo. However, all over the world this therapy has been used in cultures on most continents, from the middle east to South America.
Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build up, muscle spasm, and areas of stagnant circulation, from the body’s deep layers to the surface of the skin. The body’s cells use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide: when this is blocked, cell waste accumulates and pain and restriction is the outcome. In only 10 minutes of cupping, this waste is pulled out of the deep muscle layer to the skin surface for removal by the superficial capillary system, and fresh new blood restores proper flow. The patient experiences a relief from pain and a vitalization of the body functions from the lungs to the digestion and more.
Cupping can be a stand alone treatment or added to your acupuncture session.