What is Cupping?

This is an image of Dr. Khanita doing Chinese fire cupping therapy on someone’s back (close-up view), a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses a flame to create suction within the cups. The text says “What is Cupping?”

I have received some questions about cupping over the past few weeks. Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2,000 years. The vacuum that is created draws stagnant fluids up to the surface of the tissues, improving circulation, and delivering nutrients more quickly to the injured areas. When it is used alone, once the stagnant fluids are drawn out, it can be dispersed by massage or local application of specific Chinese herbs.

How can cupping help with in modern day society?

It is an important first step for treatment of acute sprain and strains. It is particularly useful right after the injury has occurred to help reduce swelling that is blocking normal circulation in the area.Other research supports the use of cupping for acute and chronic muscular pain, arthritis, herpes zoster, facial paralysis, as well as many other conditions. Clink on the link in the navigation bar at the top of the page to book your appointment with Araya Holistic Pain Management and try out cupping today!

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