Cupping is a method of applying acupressure with cups by creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation — stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow. The skin and muscular/connective tissue is drawn into the cup. The cups are moved slowly in the area or will be stationary, depending on the desired outcome. It is a common practice developed in Chinese Medicine and proves to have amazing results despite western reservation.
Cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of soft tissue pain, chronic cough, and has great benefits for clearing lung congestion. However acupuncturists can use cupping for the treatment of other conditions.
There are some conditions where cupping cannot be used, and your medical status will be evaluated before treatment. Permission from a primary care physician or acupuncturist may be required.
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