Both Cupping and Gua Sha techniques have been used for thousands of years, promoting circulation, clearing toxins and stagnant blood circulation, relaxing the area and thus assisting with any pain relief.

Cupping is achieved using a glass ‘cup’ and heating the inside with a naked flame for a short period of time. In doing so, all Oxygen within the glass cup is burnt, creating a vacuum. When this is placed on top of a specific acupuncture point, the skin of the area is painlessly raised slightly into the vacuum created by the cup.

The objective of creating this vacuum is to ‘suck’ and withdraw toxins that have built up in the body which cause illness and pain. By doing so, circulation of the area is harmonised and overall health is promoted.

Does Cupping Hurt?

cupping at HSTCM

Cupping at HSTCM

This is perhaps the most common question regarding cupping.

When cupping is performed properly, by a trained professional it should not hurt you at all.

Cupping is used primarily to move the circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body for a wide variety of conditions including common colds, muscular pains, coughing, acne, stomach pains/digestive issues… the list goes on.

Health Spring TCM uses cupping in a combined treatment approach along with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage and Gua Sha (Spooning).

If you have any other questions regarding cupping, feel free to ask!