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Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique/therapy involving the placement of glass or plastic cups on the skin with a vacuum it can be done by itself or combined with acupuncture to achieve the best results for your particular health issues. The treatment is NOT hot or painful in any way, and patients typically report feeling lighter, looser, and more balanced after the session. 

The deposits that surface on the skin dissipate from a few hours up to several weeks, depending on the amount of stagnation and the patients post treatment activities. The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. If the person receiving treatment sweats a lot (on a daily basis) - no marks may ever occur. People who live, work, or play in toxic environments (or were exposed to a heavy dose of toxic material) may consistently mark. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments the marks will be progressively lighter as the pathogens are systematically removed from the body.


Cupping can be used for many conditions but is commonly used for sore muscles, tension, pain and the common cold. Cupping therapy is used to relieve what is called “stagnation” in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms. Cupping is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, knee, and other musculoskeletal pain. The technique stimulates the flow of qi and blood, removes toxins from the body, and reduces swelling and pain. 


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