Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves applying suction cups to the skin to create a vacuum effect. Cupping can help with a variety of conditions, such as pain, inflammation, blood circulation, detoxification, and relaxation.
At our acupuncture clinic, we offer a high-quality and customized cupping service that suits your needs and preferences. Our cupping therapists are trained and experienced in using different types of cups, such as glass, plastic, bamboo, or silicone, and different methods of cupping, such as dry, wet, or fire. They will conduct a thorough consultation with you to determine your health condition, goals, and expectations before choosing the best cupping technique and duration for you. They will also explain the benefits and risks of cupping and answer any questions you may have.
Our cupping service is safe, effective, and comfortable. You will feel a warm and tight sensation as the cups are applied, but no pain or discomfort. The cups are sterile and disposable, and the treatment is performed in a clean and hygienic environment. You may experience some temporary redness or bruising on the skin after the session, but this will fade away within a few days.
Conditions Treated with Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy may help with a variety of conditions, such as pain, inflammation, blood circulation, detoxification, and relaxation. Some of the conditions that cupping therapy may treat include:
- Shingles pain
- Facial paralysis
- Spinal disk wear and tear (cervical spondylosis)
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease prevention
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue injury
Our cupping service is affordable and convenient. You can book an appointment online or by phone. We accept most insurance plans and offer flexible payment options.
Don’t wait any longer to experience the benefits of cupping. Contact us today and let us help you improve your health and well-being. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cupping is a form of therapy that uses suction cups to create negative pressure on the skin and the underlying tissues. Cupping can help improve blood circulation, reduce pain and inflammation, release muscle tension, and promote healing and relaxation.
Cupping works by placing cups made of glass, plastic, bamboo, or silicone on specific areas of the body, such as the back, neck, shoulders, or legs. The cups are either heated or attached to a pump to create a vacuum inside the cups, which pulls the skin and the tissues up into the cups. The cups are usually left on the skin for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the purpose and the type of cupping. The suction effect of the cups stimulates the blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and nerve endings in the treated area, which can have various therapeutic benefits.
There are two main types of cupping: dry cupping and wet cupping. Dry cupping is the most common and simple form of cupping, where only suction cups are used on the skin. Wet cupping is a more invasive and complex form of cupping, where the skin is punctured with a lancet or a needle before or after applying the cups, and a small amount of blood is drawn out of the skin. Wet cupping is believed to have a stronger and deeper effect than dry cupping, as it can remove toxins and impurities from the blood. However, wet cupping also carries a higher risk of infection, bleeding, and scarring, and should only be performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.
Cupping can offer a range of benefits for the body, mind, and spirit, depending on the type and frequency of the sessions, and the individual response. Some of the potential benefits are:
- Pain relief and inflammation reduction: Cupping can help ease pain and inflammation caused by injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other chronic conditions, by reducing the pressure and congestion in the tissues, and by releasing endorphins and anti-inflammatory substances. Cupping can also help speed up the healing and recovery process by enhancing blood circulation and tissue repair.
- Stress relief and mood enhancement: Cupping can help lower stress levels and improve mood by stimulating the release of serotonin and dopamine, which are hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate emotions and well-being. Cupping can also help reduce anxiety and depression by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and calmness.
- Sleep improvement and insomnia prevention: Cupping can help improve sleep quality and quantity by regulating the circadian rhythm, which is the body’s internal clock that controls the sleep-wake cycle. Cupping can also help prevent insomnia by reducing stress, anxiety, and pain, which are common causes of sleep disturbances.
- Skin rejuvenation and detoxification: Cupping can help improve the appearance and health of the skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential components of the skin’s structure and hydration. Cupping can also help remove toxins and waste products from the skin and the blood, by improving blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can result in a clearer and brighter complexion.
- Immune system support and infection prevention: Cupping can help boost the immune system and fight off infections by stimulating the production of white blood cells, antibodies, and interferons, which are the body’s natural defense mechanisms against pathogens. Cupping can also help prevent or treat respiratory infections, such as colds, flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia, by clearing the mucus and phlegm from the lungs and the airways.
Cupping is generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner who follows proper hygiene and sterilization procedures. The cups used for cupping are single-use and disposable, and the risk of infection or serious adverse effects is very low. Some minor side effects, such as bruising, redness, soreness, or itching at the cupping site, may occur, but they are usually mild and temporary. However, cupping is not suitable for everyone, and some people may have contraindications or precautions for the treatment.
Cupping is not recommended for people who have certain medical conditions or circumstances that may increase the risk of complications or adverse effects from the treatment. Some of the contraindications or precautions for cupping include:
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding: Cupping may affect the hormonal balance and the blood flow of pregnant or breastfeeding women, which may harm the fetus or the baby. Cupping should also be avoided on the abdomen and the lower back of pregnant women, as it may induce labor or miscarriage.
- Heart or blood pressure problems: Cupping may cause changes in the heart rate and the blood pressure, which may be dangerous for people who have heart diseases, arrhythmias, hypertension, or hypotension. Cupping should also be avoided on the chest and the upper back of people who have heart problems, as it may interfere with the heart function or the pacemaker.
- Blood disorders or anticoagulant medication: Cupping may cause bleeding or bruising, especially for people who have blood disorders, such as hemophilia, anemia, or leukemia, or who are taking anticoagulant medication, such as warfarin, aspirin, or heparin. Cupping should also be avoided on areas where there are varicose veins, ulcers, or wounds, as it may worsen the condition or cause infection.
- Skin problems or allergies: Cupping may cause skin irritation, infection, or damage, especially for people who have skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, or who are allergic or sensitive to the material of the cups, the lubricant, or the heat. Cupping should also be avoided on areas where there are moles, warts, or tattoos, as it may alter their appearance or cause inflammation.
- Cancer or metastasis: Cupping may stimulate the growth or the spread of cancer cells, especially for people who have cancer or metastasis, or who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Cupping should also be avoided on areas where there are tumors, lymph nodes, or organs, as it may affect their function or cause complications.
The number and frequency of sessions you need depend on your condition, your goals, and your response to cupping. Some people may notice immediate or significant improvement after one or a few sessions, while others may need more sessions or maintenance treatments to achieve or sustain their desired results. Generally, it is recommended to have at least one or two sessions per week for the first few weeks, and then gradually reduce the frequency as your symptoms improve. Your practitioner will monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan accordingly. The optimal duration and interval of sessions may vary from person to person, but usually range from 5 to 15 minutes per session, and from 24 to 72 hours between sessions.
Before the session, you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and other substances that may interfere with the effects of cupping. You should also drink plenty of water, eat lightly, and wear loose and comfortable clothing. You should also inform your practitioner of any medical conditions, medications, allergies, or sensitivities you may have. After the session, you should drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, and rest well. You should also avoid strenuous activities, extreme temperatures, or emotional stress for a few hours after the session. You should also follow your practitioner’s advice on how to care for your skin and your health after the session.