Cupping Therapy


Cupping therapy takes up a large portion of ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern treatment. Cupping is believed to work by increasing or decreasing the blood flow under the cup. Cupping is usually applied to acupoints on a patient’s body and is performed by an acupuncturist.

The effectiveness of cupping therapy is a debated topic. Western medicine specialists think cupping is a great complementary therapy to other treatment. Cupping therapy is performed in two different methods.

Traditional cupping therapy is performed by putting suctions cups on your skin. The cups are usually made with bamboo, glass or silicone. Two common cupping therapies are Dry Cupping and Wet Cupping.

Dry cupping is the method where a flammable substance is put inside a cup. Then the substance is lit on fire. It can be alcohol, herbs or paper. The cup is placed upside down on your skin. As the fire dies, it creates a vacuum inside the cup. As a result, your skin and blood vessels expand. The cup is usually left on the skin for 3 minutes.

Wet cupping method is almost similar to the Dry cupping method. In this method, after the cup is removed, the therapist cut your skin very carefully with a scalpel. Then the second session of cupping is performed to draw the toxic blood out.

Cupping works great in various conditions. Many people go through cupping therapy for its extraordinary pain relief properties. Cupping is also used to heal blood pressure, skin problems, migraine, anxiety, bronchial congestion and many more.

Cupping is a complex process that needs careful attention and expertise for maximum results. If you are looking for a reliable cupping therapy session, be sure to check out Heavenlywell Integrative Medicine. Our expert owner Shadi Arbabian and the staff specialize in Traditional Chinese remedies like Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Facial Acupuncture, and Cupping.

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