What is Cupping Therapy and how does it work?
Cupping therapy is a valuable treatment method used in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional cupping therapy involves creating a vacuum-suction (aka negative pressure therapy) in a glass cup—that somewhat resembles a miniature fish bowl.
The practitioner skillfully inserts an ignited cotton ball soaked in alcohol, swirling it quickly around the inside of the cup to create the vacuum by removing oxygen in the cup and places them on targeted areas on the skin.
The cups are placed directly over regions of the body and can extend past the site to help the skilled practitioner visibly to assess the extent of the pathology. This can be vital in cupping therapy not only as a treatment method but a diagnostic method as well.
The negative pressure created is used for:
What can cupping do for you?
Often, at Pacific Bridge Wellness I use cupping therapy for those that tend to be fearful of needles or in conjunction with acupuncture, heat therapy, and other modalities under the full-scope of traditional Chinese medicine.
If you have any questions about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you, call my office at 805.870.5690 or schedule an appointment online.