Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cupping - A Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine

When one thinks of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they usually think of acupuncture or Chinese Herbs. There is another lesser known modality in TCM known as cupping. One of the earliest documents about cupping is a work called A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies written by a Taoist herbalist named Ge Hong and it dates back to 300 AD.

Cupping is a therapy where small glass cups or bamboo jars are used as suction devices that are placed on the skin.There are several ways suction is created in the cup. One method is swabbing rubbing alcohol into the bottom of the cup, then lighting it. The cup is put against the skin. Flames are never used near the skin. They are merely used to create the suction in the cup.

Once the suction has been formed the cups can be moved across the skin, often called gliding cupping. The suction causes the skin and superficial muscles to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is a lot like an intense massage. For most people this is a very relaxing and relieving sensation. Once the cups are suctioned to the skin they are usually left in place for around ten minutes.

Cupping is often used along with acupuncture or massage. The suction and negative pressure provided by the cups can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow and sedate the nervous system. Cupping can also relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism and cellulite. 

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