Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves suctioning the skin in key areas. Cupping can help with many conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, and circulation. This popular treatment also produces a sense of relaxation and well-being.

In cupping therapy, glass cups are heated with a flame to create suction. When our experienced practitioner applies the cup to your body, the suction circulates Qi and nutrient-rich blood to boost the body’s natural healing process.

Does Cupping Therapy Hurt?

Many patients enjoy cupping and comment on how good it feels. The sensation can be slightly intense at times but contained in small areas. When done correctly, there should be very little, if any, pain.

When was cupping therapy developed as a medical practice?

Cupping therapy grew in popularity among the general population after the 2006 Summer Olympics. The characteristic cup marks on the Olympians’ bodies sparked questions and curiosity. Today, some of the best athletes in the world rely on cupping therapy to improve their performance, and its use continues to grow throughout the globe. 

However, cupping therapy is not new. Cupping has been used by ancient doctors around the world for thousands of years.

Are there other names for cupping therapy?

Many people have heard of cupping therapy but not tried it. Internet search terms for this health care option include cupping massage, suction cup therapy, Chinese cupping, acupuncture cupping, medical cupping, and fire cupping. Regardless of the term used by people new to the concept, cupping therapy is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions.

What conditions does cupping therapy treat?

Merriam Park Acupuncture therapists use cupping therapy to treat many of the same conditions as acupuncture, Gua Sha and herbal medicine depending on your specific health needs and preferences. In particular, we use cupping to treat musculoskeletal pain, lung conditions, digestive complaints, and even the common cold.

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Cupping therapy can help improve your health in body, mind and spirit. Start your healing journey today!