What is Cupping?
In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed by burning a substance inside the cup to create a vacuum. A practitioner then places the cup upside-down over a specific area of the patient’s body. The vacuum anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it.
Drawing up the skin helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balance the flow of energy, break up obstructions, and create a channel for toxins to be drawn out of the body.
How does cupping help?
Cupping is one of the techniques often used by acupuncturists at the Tao Clinic to treat sports injuries, muscle strains, asthma and congestion, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and skeletal muscular pain. It is among the most ancient methods of Chinese medicine.
Some practitioners use cupping to treat depression and reduce stress. Cupping can also be used to treat fleshy areas of the body, such as the back or stomach for dysfunction of internal organs.
Facial cupping is applied in skin care and used by many acupuncturists as part of cosmetic acupuncture treatments.