is one of the oldest methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Glass or plastic vacuum cups are placed over a specific area on the body. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back or stomach are preferred sites for treatment.
The vacuum created within the cups by the lack of oxygen anchor the cups to the skin. A pull upwards is exerted onto the skin. Drawing up the skin is opening up the skin pores which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of Qi, breaks up obstructions and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.
Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time.
Cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions as bronchitis, asthma and congestions, gastrointestinal disorders and certain type of pain.
” Gliding Cupping ” is the term we use when we glide the cup ( once suctioned to the skin ) across, up and down over the skin. The suction in the cups produces pressure, loosens muscles, increases the blood circulation and aids lymph drainage. This is particular effective in treating WEIGHT LOSS and CELLULITIS.
The “Gliding ” technique facilitates the movement of excessive fluid and toxins to the lymph nodes which in turn helps to drain and remove the same. A healthy lymphatic system is essential for good health.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. Like acupuncture, the cupping method follows the pathways of the acupuncture meridians. Therefore it is an application for many conditions where it can be used without using acupuncture needles. By working with the acupuncture meridians, cupping facilitates the opening of these channels of Qi and creates a free flow of the energy which reduces and eliminates swelling and pain. Even hands, wrists, legs and ankles can be “cupped ” in arthritic pain conditions.
The positive effect on skin and deep tissues makes Cupping an effective treatment in COSMETIC SKIN REJUVENATION. Cupping can be effectively used to activate blood circulation of facial skin, reduce wrinkles, and tone facial muscles.