Cupping is a technique that is been used in Chinese medicine for long time. It helps to eliminate pain caused by cold, heat or dampness and to get rid of toxins lodged in muscle tissues. Cupping is done by a professional on those who also have pain due to various other factors such as sprains or long-term drug abuse.

The purpose of cupping is to warm the body and promote the free flow of energy and blood through the meridians, thereby helping to relieve pain in the lower back, shoulders and legs. This technique also works to relieve asthma, cough and gastrointestinal disorders such as stomachache and diarrhea. It also helps to release the pain of sprains when accompanied by bloodletting.

Cupping has been used for more than 2,000 years as a therapy for various health problems. The technique is performed with a jar made of glass or plastic that is heated or has a mechanism to create air suction. The jar is placed on the skin’s surface and suction is created, causing local congestion like a bruise. The suction triggers the lymph system to activate the elimination of toxins through the skin and blood vessels. The resulting intensity of skin color is dependent on the amount of toxins in the person’s body.

Some patients specifically request cupping, knowing that the technique will help relieve their chronic or acute pain. Others come recommended by friends specifically to help relieve their backaches or shoulder pain.

Cupping is not suitable for patients with skin ulcers, spontaneous bleeding or for those taking anticoagulant medication. It also is not recommended for patients with edema or those who suffer convulsions. Cupping should not be done on an area of overly large blood vessels or on the abdomen or lower back of a pregnant woman.

At Behavioral Wellness Center you are welcome to request cupping to experience for yourself the pain relieving benefits that others have been experiencing for over 2,000 years. Consuelo C. de Gonzalez, Lic.Ac. can also help you with other issue by facilitating the restoration of your body’s balance.

By Consuelo Camarillo de Gonzalez, Lic. Ac.