Cupping is the application of suction cups to muscular regions of the body. It helps move blood through the muscles and tissues, breaking up stagnation of blood and energy.
Australian and Chinese researchers have reviewed 135 studies on cupping published between 1992 and 2010, concluding that it is effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture in treating various diseases and conditions, such as herpes, acne, facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, anemia, hemophelia, rheumatic disease and many more.
This is a therapy that dates back to ancient Egypt, China, and the Middle East. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy as early as 1,550 B.C.
In our practice, we use only the most modern form of cupping. We place sanitary plastic cups on significant acupuncture points. We use a simply pump to create a vacuum in the cup, causing the skin to rise and blood vessels to expand. Then we leave the cup in place for five to 10 minutes, enhancing the effects of both massage and acupuncture.
For a brief demonstration, see our video.