Thursday, May 21, 2015

  1. An Ancient Form of Alternative Medicine

  1. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. It uses suction which is created on the skin that mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. The suction is created by using heat and suction cups. These can be made from glass or silicone. 
  2. During the cupping procedure a flammable substance like alcohol is placed in a cup and heated with fire. When the fire goes out the cup is placed on the patients skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it causes suction also called a vacuum. This makes the skin red as blood vessels expand. The cup is left in place five or ten minutes. This causes the blood to flow into the area promote healing and also sucks toxins out of the tissues. 
  3. A modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum in the cup. These cups are versatile enough to be moved around on the surface of the skin and produce a massage-type effect.
  4. Cupping can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Some of these conditions are:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • skin problems
  • Hypertension
  • Migraine
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Mental and physical relaxation
Cupping therapy should  not be used by pregnant women, people with metastatic cancer or people with bone fractures or muscle spasms. 

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Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland

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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to

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