Sunday, September 20, 2020

Cupping therapy first originated in ancient China thousands of years ago, and although the techniques have been modernized the original philosophy of this alternative therapy remains essentially the same. One of the best ways to explain how cupping works is to liken it to inverse massage. Just like a massage applies pressure to muscles, the suction method used in cupping uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. Cupping involve the placement of jars on the skin to create pressure by using change in heat or by suctioning out air so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. This results in enhancing circulation, pain relief, and removal of toxins that linger in your bodily tissues. Individual clinical research reports have found cupping therapy beneficial in relieving head pain, bronchitis and asthma, among many other acute diseases. Cupping has been praised by celebrities and athletes alike. Gwyneth Paltrow was reported as saying that,”It feels amazing and it’s very relaxing.”

Alternative Therapies

Other alternative therapies are often used along with cupping to optimize its healing and relaxing benefits.

  • Chinese scientists reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between the years 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy is more thoroughly effective when combined with other alternative treatments like acupuncture.
  • The technique of Acupuncture and cupping used in conjunction with each other is used to promote good blood circulation, remove stasis, and alleviate swelling and pain. It is often employed especially when there is a need for treatments for toxic heat syndrome and for a variety of acute ailments.
  • The benefits of chelation therapy (a chemical process in which EDTA-is injected into the bloodstream to remove excessive minerals or toxic heavy metals from the body)along with cupping can be used for relaxation and pain relief for excessive pain, as associated with fibromyalgia and other ailments, including heart disease and autism. Patients report less pain from chronic inflammatory diseases such as lupus, arthritis, and scleroderma after chelation therapy treatments.

All treatments should only be administered by a professional alternative medicine practitioner


Contact the center for integrative medicine for immediate relief of pain and illness. The professional team of integrative, scientific and holistic practitioners will offer you effective alternative treatments as well as incorporating a blending of science and holistic treatments to treat not just your physical ailments, but your spiritual, psychological, and emotional health will be our focus for whole-person health and well being.

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