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Chinese Cupping

Relaxing Foot Spa for Chinese Cupping treatments in PrescottOlympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps made it popular but it's certainly not new. Chinese cupping is said to date back to ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures. The Ebers Papyrus, reputed to be one of the world's oldest medical textbooks, describes how ancient Egyptians employed cupping therapy around 1,500 B.C.

What is Chinese Cupping?

Chinese cupping therapy is the ancient practice of using small glass jars or cups as suction devices. The cups are placed on the skin to draw blood to the surface.

How is Chinese Cupping Performed?

One of the more common ways that a practitioner creates suction in the cups is by swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the inside bottom of the cup, lighting it, and immediately putting the cup against the skin. Whatever heat source is used, it is removed and the opening of the heated cup is placed directly on your skin. Flames are never used near your skin and are not lit during the process of cupping, but are a means to create the heat necessary to cause the suction within the small cups. Suction is created when the hot air in the cup begins to cool. As your blood vessels expand, your skin will begin to rise and redden. Think of the opposite of massage: instead of applying pressure to your muscles, Chinese cupping uses gentle pressure from the suctioning effect to pull them upward. The cups are left snugly in place for several minutes.

 

What does Chinese Cupping do for you?

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed and is used to treat:

  • Acne and eczema
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Herpes zoster
  • Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
  • Auto-Immune/ Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Gynecological (PMS) and fertility disorders
  • Migraines
  • Congestion caused by asthma, allergies and even the common cold
  • Varicose veins
  • Shingles

And Chinese Cupping therapy is reported to help with:

  • Detoxifying the skin
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Increasing circulation
  • Relaxation
  • Removing toxins
  • Relieving muscle spasms
  • Improving metabolism
  • Removing cellulite

 

If world famous athletes use Chinese Cupping, it might be worth considering for any health conditions you have. And don't let those distinctive red marks fool you – cupping doesn't hurt. You can expect the marks to disappear within a few days.

 

To learn more about how Chinese Cupping can help with many common health concerns, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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