Cupping And Acupuncture
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping
can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used
to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For fat loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied
to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five
meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed.
Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target
more specific maladies. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to
'open' these channels - the paths through which life energy flows freely
throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother
and more free-flowing qi (life force). Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue
therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the
external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and
arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even
hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be 'cupped,' thus applying the healing to
specific organs that correlate with these points.