Cupping is one of TCM’s oldest and most traditional treatments. It is often used to heal swollen, painful or stiff joints and it can also be used to clear a head cold.
In the cupping procedure, heat (such as a flame) is used to suck the air out of a glass cup. This is then applied to the patient’s body on particular acupuncture points. The heat and suction encourages blood to the area. This helps increase blood circulation and reduce stagnation. During the procedure the practitioner will alleviate pressure within the jar.
Cupping is particularly effective in improving blood circulation, performing deep tissue repair and treating areas of the body that have been affected by pain.
Cupping is often added in as a complimentary extra when combined with acupuncture and full Massage.