Chinese Cupping greatly improves circulation and removes toxin accumulation. It energizes skin and speeds up the healing process.
Cupping is a very traditional method of treatment used in Chinese medicine for over 3,500 years. Cups come in various different sizes and are applied directly over pressure points, along the channels/meridians or in an area where there is an energy imbalance is diagnosed (such as the back or shoulder). Suction is then applied to ensure the cups adhere to where they have been placed. Traditionally, suction was created by “fire-cupping” or by water suction using boiling water to heat the cup. Nowadays, cupping uses a suctioning device to withdraw air or alternatively, flexible silicone cups are used.
Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 20 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time. Small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils may be applied to the skin just before the cupping procedure, this makes it possible to move the cups up and down to cover particular acupoints or meridians after they have been applied. By pulling the superficial layers of skin and muscle upward, the flow of energy, blood and lymph are greatly increased which in turn releases toxicity and pain. The increased blood flow also speeds up healing to the area and often alleviates the underlying health issues.
Once cupping starts on the skin, the cups may remain stationary for 5 to 20 minutes, .or may be slid across the skin with the aid of an oil lubricant or lotion. Cupping can leave some discoloration of the skin but there is no pain and it fades within days. Cupping therapy is a helpful technique for many conditions, but like all treatments it is not suitable in every situation or for all body types. Please refer to Cupping for more detail.
Bernadette Yu provides cupping therapy to clients across Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Etobicoke, Burlington, Milton and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Bernadette Yu - Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist provides Acupuncture Treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Bioenergetic / Biomeridian Testing, Nutritional Counselling, and much more!