There are many holistic treatments in Traditional Chinese Medicine. One such treatment that you may have heard of just as much as – if not more than – acupuncture is cupping. Cupping therapy found its way into the news during the 2016 Summer Olympics when Olympians like Michael Phelps and Alex Naddour shared their treatment with the world.
Cupping therapy provides many benefits beyond increased athletic performance. These include reduction of inflammation, treatment of low back discomfort, lowering stress responses, increased immunity, rapid healing from respiratory issues, better recovery time from infections, improved digestion, and reduction in IBS symptoms.
The process of cupping involves placing glass, bamboo, or plastic jars on the skin. Before the jars are placed, a vacuum is created through the application of heat to the inside of the jar. Depending on the TCM practitioner’s assessment of your health challenge, the jars will be left in place or can be moved around throughout the treatment.
Each cupping treatment draws blood and Qi to the surface of your skin, breaking up any stagnation or blocked Qi. This triggers your body’s natural healing ability by flushing out any toxins.