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Intro to: Cupping

What is Cupping

Cupping is a form of therapy well rooted in ancient medical practices across China, Egypt, and Europe. It can help relieve tension and pain by invigorating the flow of Qi in your body. It has been publicized in Western athletes such as Michael Phelps in the 2016 Olympics and other athletes. Cupping is used on a variety of medical conditions such as chronic pain, muscle soreness, and high blood pressure. Patients who suffer from neck, back, or shoulder pain may benefit from cupping treatments.

During Cupping

During cupping, a cup is heated and placed on the skin, as the air cools it creates a vacuum. The cups are usually made of glass, and may be heated by burning alcohol to create the vacuum, or with a handheld suction machine. Cupping removes harmful substances and toxins to promote healing, and may leave dark distinguishable marks on the body for up to 3-5 days.


Cupping treatment is usually used in conjunction with other Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, such as Acupuncture, Tuina, or herbal medicines. Your practitioner will speak with you to decide the best form of treatment for your concerns.


Seeking Treatment

UEWM Clinic offer cupping treatments in addition to other traditional medicine treatments. Look at our Specialists's page to learn more.

Many patients seek acupuncture as a way to help relieve chronic pain for a variety of ailments. Talk to your doctor to see if acupuncture may be a good option for you, or schedule with UEWM Clinic.

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