WHAT IS CUPPING?
Cupping is an ancient therapeutic practice that utilizes small cups to promote holistic healing and an optimal standard of well-being. Cupping is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses the therapy to dispel stagnant blood in order to improve the flow of Qi throughout the body. Blood should flow freely in order for Qi to flow freely.
The idea is that once the cups are placed on the surface of the skin, a vacuum will be created that draws congested blood and energy to the surface of the skin in places where the body requires healing or a rebalancing of Qi. Once Qi is balanced from the expulsion of stagnant blood, health and well-being will be restored.
WHAT IS QI?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is premised on the philosophy of Qi (“chee”), a valuable energy that flows throughout the body, stimulates the body, and protects the body from unpleasant ailments suchas pain and disease. One’s health is heavily influenced by the balance of Qi, as well as its quantity and quality as it flows through the body. If the vital energy Qi were to be disrupted, blocked, or stagnated in any way, ailments such as pain and disease are sure to follow. Therefore, Qi must be rebalanced in the case of these ailments.
HOW DOES CUPPING WORK?
Cupping is completed by creating a vacuum on the skin through the use of either glass, plastic, bamboo, or silicone cups and a heating mechanism. A flammable substance will be placed in the treatment cups and then set on fire in order to create a situation whereby a vacuum can be created. As the fire goes out, the cup will immediately be placed on the skin over pre-determined treatment areas of obstructed Qi. As the air inside the cup cools, a low air pressure vacuum will form and create suction on the skin. Skin will be gently suctioned into the cup and will slowly redden as blood vessels expand. Cups are left for up to 10 minutes. This is known as dry cupping.
In some instances, wet cupping might be the recommended form of therapy. Wet cupping practices mirror those of dry cupping, with an added step. Before the cups are placed on the skin, small cuts will be made over targeted areas so that stagnated blood may be completely drawn out of the skin. This treatment is only available based on an according diagnosis.
Our practitioner also has a Cupping machine that utilizes a pump to suction skin into the cups rather than using heating. The device also provides them with more flexibility whereby they will be able to move cups from place to place on the skin for a relaxing effect and more structured treatment.
Once the stagnant blood and energy is pulled to the surface of the skin, it is expelled, and Qi is again able to flow freely.
WHICH AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
The most common area that Cupping therapy is performed is the back. This is due to the fact that the back provides access to 5 major meridian pathways (the pathways whereby Qi flows through the body) that offer prime placement opportunities for the cups. However, other parts of the body with other accesses to meridian pathways may also be targeted.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CUPPING?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) attributes multiple benefits to Cupping therapy. Cupping can help promote healing and well-being against the likes of skin problems, pain management, blood disorders, rheumatic diseases, respiratory diseases, and other maladies. This therapy is also very supportive of the circulatory system and is able to perform a detoxification of the body. Cupping may also positively affect ones digestive system and metabolism. To determine if your ailment is covered by one of the wide array of benefits from Cupping therapy, come in to speak to our practitioner today.