WHAT IS CUPPING THERAPY?

March 28, 2018

Better health means a better life

Those interested in alternative techniques to improve health those involving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), for example may benefit from Cupping Therapy.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy involves placing cups on a patient’s skin to create a vacuum. This vacuum causes blood to come to the surface and to specific areas of the body that need healing. Alternative practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe cupping improves circulation, removes heat, and pulls out toxins that have accumulated in tissues.

Those being treated with cupping therapy feel a tight, yet relaxing and soothing, sensation in the area where the practitioner places the cup. Cupping therapy sometimes involves moving the cups around, They may be removed soon after placement or remain in place for long periods, depending on the treatment and the comfort level of the patient.

Cupping may cause the skin to turn red, blue, or purple temporarily, especially if the cup is placed in a location that has sustained an injury. This, however, is rarely painful and generally lasts just a few days. Once the discoloration subsides, treatment can resume.

Cupping Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine

According to the Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (FCMA), Chinese medicine has been practiced in Australia for more than a hundred years. TCM’s holistic approach to treating health issues includes chemical-free treatments with possibly low adverse effects, and the costs may be considerably less than other  practices.

TCM therapists often use cupping in conjunction with other traditional Chinese treatments, such as acupuncture and acupressure.

The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Although not all modern medical practitioners have come around to the healing powers of cupping therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, expert TCM practitioners extol it’s power to help patients suffering from numerous ailments. Benefits include:

  • Improved blood flow and circulation to muscles and cells
  • Increased supply of oxygen to cells
  • The draining of excess fluids and toxins
  • Decreased muscle knots and tightness

Therapists perform the cupping procedures under sterile medical conditions and patients rarely feel major discomfort.

The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has been producing industry-ready practitioners in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia since 1984. Find out how they can help you learn the methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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