Cupping is a therapy that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This suction improves the flow of energy in the body and facilitates healing.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed relieving muscle tension, which improves overall blood flow and promotes cell repair. It also helps form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
Greek physician Hippocrates, often referred to as the “father” of medicine, even compiled descriptions of cupping techniques. The suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force.
Cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes helps with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.
I use cupping to complement your care for a host of symptoms and conditions and usually in combination with other therapies.