Eastern Medicine

Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy is a 3,000 year-old technique that utilizes the properties of suction to draw blood and Qi (energy) to different areas of the body. The suction is created either by exposing the cup to heat (fire cupping) or using a mechanical pump that removes air from inside the cup via a valve located at the top. Fire cupping is the most traditional form of cupping used by the Chinese. The cups can be left stationary for a period of time or the practitioner can slide the cups over the skin; this technique is referred to as sliding cupping and feels like a deep massage.