Cupping has only recently become well-known in the Western world, but it’s one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. Aliona Kats has extensive training and experience in traditional Chinese medicine, including using cupping to eliminate toxins and promote healing. To learn whether your well-being might benefit from cupping, call the practice, Organic Me Acupuncture in New York City, or book an appointment online.
Traditional Chinese methods create the vacuum by placing a burning substance inside the cup. For example, a cotton ball may be soaked in alcohol and ignited. As soon as the flame uses up the oxygen, the cup is quickly placed on your skin.
Traditional dry cupping uses multiple cups, which are strategically positioned and left in place for about five to 10 minutes. A method called wet cupping is done the same way except a small puncture is made before the cups are placed on your skin so the vacuum can draw out blood.
Ms. Kats may also put oil on your skin so that she can move the cup over the area being treated without breaking the vacuum. Another type of cupping, fast cupping, is performed by applying a cup, then quickly moving it to other locations.
The vacuum produced by cupping stimulates peripheral nerves, lifts connective tissues, and increases the circulation of blood and lymph fluids. As a result, toxins and cellular wastes trapped below the surface are rapidly pulled up to the skin and removed. Better blood flow also delivers extra oxygen and nutrients needed for healing.
Cupping helps to relieve pain and improve movement by loosening connective tissues and relaxing muscle knots, creating an effect that’s similar to deep massage.
In addition to targeting specific tense muscles and tissues, Ms. Kats may place the cups at acupuncture points or along the pathways (meridians) that represent the flow of biological energy. This technique allows the suction produced by cupping to unblock and balance your vital energy.
Cupping marks may reveal information about your health. For example, Ms. Kats can tell the severity of the underlying toxin problem by the coloration of the cupping marks.
A moderate problem creates pink or red marks that go away in a few days, while a severe buildup of toxins results in deep scarlet, purple, or black discoloration that takes seven to 10 days to disappear.
To learn whether cupping can help you detox or relieve pain, call Organic Me Acupunctureor book an appointment online.