In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping therapy has been proven as an effective methods of drawing out yin energy from the body. It is great for loosening up muscle tissues and improving blood flow. Similar to that of massage therapy, cupping therapy is non-invasive, relaxing, and effective. Cupping therapy is aimed to open up some or all of the five meridian points located on a person’s back, each responsible for the flow of Qi throughout one’s system. It works by using negative pressure that is first created by fire within a round cup constructed from tempered glass. The negative pressure is then applied to the patient for a period of time depending on his/her condition. What this does for the body is that it draws out any excess dampen energy that has accumulated in various parts of the boxy, including muscles of the necks and upper back as well as the lungs. Cupping therapy detoxifies the arteries and veins located in these areas, and heals the patient in the process.
History and Versions of Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy was first recorded about 200 AD in Traditional Chinese Medicine history, however, earlier records of our ancestors using similar devices and techniques date back as early as 1550 BC in Egypt. The cups used cupping therapy can range anywhere from animal horns, bamboos, as well as bronze, glass or metal cups. Recently, cups with hand held pumps have also been used in conducting cupping therapy. There are several versions of cupping therapy ranging from dry, wet to
At Oncare Wellness Clinic, we typically perform cupping therapy for patients who are experiencing pains in the neck, stiff muscles on the back, or congestion in the chest. Cupping is extremely effective in treating illnesses related to pain and congestions caused by the stagnation of Qi. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there’s a saying that pain comes from the stagnation of Qi, and when you remove the stagnation, you remove the pain. Similar to massage therapy, cupping relaxes the muscles where the cups are placed. Unlike massage therapy however, cupping therapy is utilizing negative pressure instead of applying pressure to the body. As such, after a cupping therapy session, it is quite common to see bruises where the cups are placed for about a week or two depending on the rate which a person heals. Fear not, bruising is common but harmless when it comes to cupping therapy. This is because when negative pressure is applied for a deep tissue massage that is able to affect up to four inches beneath the skin, some small blood vessels near the superficial skin may break causing bruising of the skin. Some would even argue that because of the bruising, toxins are released in the blood vessel allowing stagnant blood to move again, relieving the patient of their symptoms.
For a complete list of symptoms cupping therapy may be able to treat, please consult with our registered and licensed TCM doctors and acupuncturists at our clinic.