Both Cupping and Gua Sha (spooning) techniques have been used for thousands of years, promoting circulation, assisting to ‘clear sluggishness’ and reduce other conditions, according to Chinese medicine theory. They can relax the muscle area and thus assist with relief of symptoms of pain.
Cupping is achieved using a glass ‘cup’ and heating the inside with a small 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 or muscle, the skin of the area is painlessly raised slightly into the vacuum created by the cup. It is normal for the suction to create a pink or red colour on that area of skin which may show for a few days. We also use silicon cups which can be applied without the flame by squeezing the cup to create the suction and to have the same effect.
The objective of creating this vacuum is to ‘suck’ and withdraw ‘toxins’ that have built up in the body which may be associated with illness and pain. By doing so, circulation of the area is improved or harmonised, which may assist overall health promotion.
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 to support relief of a variety of conditions.
Health Spring TCM uses cupping in a combined treatment approach along with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage and Gua Sha (Spooning). Your practitioner will discuss this further.
If you have any other questions regarding cupping, feel free to ask!