Cupping therapy is used as an effective method of Traditional Chinese medicine. There is an old saying in China: “Acupuncture and cupping make more than half of all diseases cured.”
What Is Cupping Therapy?
What Does Cupping Therapy do?
Here is the step-by-step procedure:
- It begins with putting massage oil with essential oils on the skin allowing easy gliding of the cups.
- Then, a flammable substance like alcohol is placed on the cups. The material of the cups could be glass or stone.
- The fire is placed into the cups and is allowed to go off almost immediately.
- These heated cups are placed on specific parts of the body and left for about 3-10 minutes.
- During this process, the vacuum created inside the cups sucks up slightly the skin into the cups.
How Cupping Works?
Increased blood flow
Studies have shown that muscle pain usually results from accumulated waste products. The combination of suction and fascia lift causes a generous supply of blood that brings in antioxidants to mop up these waste products. This is the major underlying mechanism for most of its therapeutic benefits.
Better venous drainage
The cupping massage therapy allows for more veins to take out the waste products. It serves as the ultimate cleanser and detoxifier. Once we eliminate these waste products, the pain, acne, and other pressing conditions fade.
Activates the peripheral nervous system
All of the above mechanisms explain how cupping offers various benefits and why it is the best choice for all, regardless of the low cost of cupping therapy.
How Often Can You Do Cupping?
It depends on the health condition and needs of the individual. For a healthy person, it is recommended to get a vacuum cupping/ dry cupping session done once a week. However, if there is an underlying condition like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or arthritis, more sessions and a different method like hijama might be required. For these special cases, both the cupping therapy specialists―an acupuncturist and a medical physician- work together to draft a special care plan to suit the patient’s needs.
Types of Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy has mainly two types based on the procedure with which it is carried out. The two main types are:
- Dry cupping therapy: is also popularly referred to as vacuum cup therapy. This method focuses on the suction effect of special heated cups and doesn’t involve incisions or cuts.
- Wet cupping therapy or hijama: here, an incision with disposable needles causes bleeding, and blood is collected into the cups. The procedure eliminates waste and toxic products, playing a major role in cupping therapy benefits.
Generally speaking, the dry cupping method is more widely accepted because it is not an invasive procedure and has lesser side effects when compared to wet cupping.
There are also other types of Chinese cupping therapy that are very popular. They include:
- Sliding cupping
- Dynamic cupping
- Flash cupping
- Air cupping
- Fire cupping
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The Benefits Of Cupping Therapy
- Relieves muscle pain, tension, and spasm: cupping treatment is a form of deep tissue massage that relaxes the muscles to relieve pain.
- It detoxifies the body and helps get rid of impurities and free radicals present in the body.
- Relieves stress and anxiety: the delicate process of this therapy is perfect for getting you in the right mental state. It promotes relaxation and knocks out stress and anxiety.
- Improves circulation
- Acne: improved skin conditions are one of the exciting cupping benefits. Also, improved blood circulation supplies growth factors for healing.
- Improves chronic medical conditions: research has proved that cupping therapy benefits people living with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, and many others.
- Respiratory conditions like bronchiolitis: most of these conditions are associated with mucus buildup. Cupping relieves this condition and improves congestion.
- Better gastrointestinal motility
Side Effects Of Cupping Therapy
Although some side effects are associated with cupping therapy, it remains 100% safe. Most of these side effects are short-lived and do not cause any major disturbance to our daily lives. They include:
Bruise marks from the cups; usually disappears after 2-3 days.
25 years experience
- Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York
- Acupuncture Course with T.Koei Kuwahara in New York
- Tung’s Acupuncture Therapeutic System with Dr. Wei-Chieh Young
- BTB Professional School of Feng Shui in New York, three-year degree
- Face and Body Reading Course in New York with Master Dr.Edgar Sung
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Cupping Therapy At Firebird Acupuncture
At Firebird Acupuncture cupping therapy is performed by Maria Gorens who has been practicing acupuncture and cupping for more than 25 years. We offer to our patients:
- A pre-therapy free consultation to determine the best treatment just for a particular patient to avoid future adverse effects.
- A variety of Chinese therapy services such as acupuncture, Gua Sha, Shinrin-Yoku, Feng Shui consultations and more.
- Services are rendered by Maria Gorens, a Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist in the State of New York with over 25 years of experience.
- Affordable and fair cupping therapy price which is included in the price of acupuncture treatment and never paid separately
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Appointment should be made before the initial cupping session.
The Cupping Therapy is covered by all major insurances.
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