Cupping

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Cupping Services in Canberra, Belconnen and Woden

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What Is It?


Cupping is an ancient Chinese deep tissue therapy in which the opening of a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by either heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup, causing local congestion. 

There provides a greater emphasis on the acupuncture points due to the ease with which it can be performed. Cupping is frequently used after acupuncture and was developed to open up the meridians of the body. It was designed to remove any stagnation in the meridians of the body whilst opening those meridians so that qi can flow freely. 

It also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best and draws toxins to the surface of the body. Cupping is also known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation and is good for deep tissue repair. 

When applied to the back, there are five meridians that can be opened to allow the energy to travel throughout the entire length of the body.

How Does It Work?


One form of cupping includes “bloodletting” where a pricking needle is used on a vein before the cup is applied over the site. Usually, 3-4 drops of blood are drawn to promote blood circulation, remove stasis and alleviate swelling and pain. Some bruising along the site of the rim of the cup is expected.

Glass cups are commonly used since it is easy to view within the cup during treatment, allowing for the practitioner to evaluate the degree of response. 

These cups are depressurized by igniting either the alcohol inside the cup or a cotton ball dipped in alcohol is put inside the cup before placement. Recently, a new type of suction cup was developed whereby a valve at the top of the jar is operated by a small attached pump so that the practitioner can depressurize the cup without the use of fire. This avoids some hazards and allows for greater control over the amount of suction. 

Cupping is mainly used for treating pain and is best applied to fleshy areas of the body.

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The centre is staffed by practitioners in TCM. Call us to begin your cupping treatment.
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