𝘊𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘸𝘰𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 ...
This client works in a salon creating amazing hair-dos and is an artist and finds she tends to look down a lot. She is dealing with tight, sore and burning muscle pain in and around the neck and shoulders. I used cups to loosen up the muscles and fascia in the area while bringing fresh Qi & Blood in to heal, and then finished off with acupuncture.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗖𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗽𝘆?
Cupping is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy where inverted glass, plastic, or bamboo cups are applied to the body.
This technique has been used for thousands of years, and one of the earliest documentation of cupping can be found in work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, written by a Taoist herbalist Ge Hong back in 300 AD.
“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.”
The old Chinese medical maxim says that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, suffering results from obstructed or irregular bodily flow. Chinese cupping is, therefore, a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
The red marks result from the blood being pulled into that area. The darker the mark, the more stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) were dredged during treatment. The marks last anywhere from a few hours to several days.
Most of the time, TCM practitioners wouldn’t use cupping on someone already deficient and pale as they already lack Qi and Blood to nourish the body. Cupping would further tax the body, making the person tired and probably colder.
𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯.