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What is Cupping Therapy?

Acupuncture CTAn ancient form of alternative medicine, cupping therapy involves causing local congestion on specific parts of the human body by way of using glass cups. Using heat or suction a partial vacuum is created that draws up the underlying tissue and forms blood stasis so localized healing can take place. Research indicates that cupping therapy has been practiced since at least 3000 B.C. and was used regularly in Egypt, China and many European civilizations. Cupping therapy can be used to help treat a number of conditions including blood disorders, rheumatic diseases and skin problems. At Acupuncture Associates of Hartford we offer cupping treatment as an adjunct therapy.

Cupping therapy works much like acupuncture by acting as a means to open the meridians of the body. Where acupuncture uses fine needles on specific points on the body, cupping therapy uses glass or plastic cups. Cupping is often used to open one of the five meridians found on the back in order to allow invigorating energy to travel the entire length of the human body. In addition to increasing the flow of vital energy, cupping therapy has also been used to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.

Safe, comfortable and effective cupping therapy is used worldwide by many acupuncturists and alternative medicine practitioners. When done properly, cupping therapy can help to alleviate many common disorders including insomnia, anxiety, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain and poor circulation. Two types of cupping are commonly referred to: dry cupping and wet cupping. Dry cupping involved creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin. Wet cupping or bleeding (controlled medicine bleeding) is used as a form of modern bloodletting where mild suction is created using a cup and a pump on the body part experiencing pain or discomfort. Once the cup is removed a small incision is made and then another cup is placed over the area to draw out small quantities of blood.

If you want to learn more about cupping therapy and how it can be used for medicinal purposes or deep tissue massage contact Acupuncture Associates today. Safe, effective and affordable cupping therapy may be the solution for your ailments.

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