FAQ

What is the History of cupping?

The practice of cupping has been around for centuries. It has been practiced in ancient times involving early Chinese, Egyptian, and the Greek civilizations.

Some of the literature indicates cupping has been around as early as as 1550 BC. There is evidence of cupping was found the time of King Tut. Since then it has been documented by Greeks, Romans, Romans, Hippocrates [460-377 BC] and Galen [131-200 AD], Ibn Sina [980-1037 AD] Avicenna, and in used extensively Prophetic tradition of Muhammad (p) (570–622 A.D.), known as Hijama or Al-Hijama (Root word Arabic: حجامة‎ “sucking” or “medicinal bleeding”.

What are the Benefits of Cupping?

  • General Detox. Rejuvenate. Revitalize.
  • Removes Stagnant Blood, helps to improve circulation
  • Improves Inflammatory States
  • Improves Wound Healing
  • Improving Immunity
  • Improve digestion, remove tendency to faint and promote menstrual flow
  • Possible role in treating energy imbalances
  • Helps to remove toxins from Drugs, Alcohol, and Cannabis

What types of conditions do you treat?

Mainly here, we focus on pain or any specific areas to help you detox. In the past cupping has been used to treat over 50 conditions some of these are listed below:

  • Respiratory Illnesses (asthma, chest congestion, common cold)
  • Allergy
  • Pain Syndromes (Headache, Tension, Migraines, Low Back pain, Neuropathic Pain)
  • Facial Palsy/Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Skin Diseases (Cellulite, Burns, Acne, Melasma, Shingles, Eczema, Hives, Bee Sting, Neurodermatitis (lichen simplex)
  • Nerve Related (Sciatica, Possible role in Bells Palsy)
  • Smoking (remove toxins) via Helps to remove oxidative stress.
  • Renal Failure
  • High Blood Pressure (reducing interstitial fluid)
  • Possible role in eating disorders /Depression
  • Burns (toxin release)
  • Gout
  • Muscle/Skeletal problems (Fibromyalgia, Neuralgias, Myofasical pain, Muscle strains, or muscle pain, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Chronic fatigue Syndrome

Does the process of cupping hurt?

It depends, some people respond to suction cups more than others.
there may be mild discomfort during the initial suction but it will get better within time.
Our office is staffed with medical professionals and will respond accordingly to
try our best to maintain your comfort

Do you use anesthetics?

No. Because that can deter toxin removal by vasoconstriction of blood vessels.

Who cannot have wet cupping?

  • Patients on blood thinners cannot receive wet cupping (Plavix, Xaralto) etc. or if they have any bleeding problems such as hemophilia
  • Pregnant women will not be treated.

 

What are the types of Cupping?

There are two types of cupping : Dry and Wet

Dry cupping is the other form of cupping where no incision are made and cups are used to create suction. After creating suction the cups are removed and toxin eventually are removed by normal means (i.e. through the urine).

Wet cupping is basically dry cupping plus repeated suction along with small incisions that will be made over the skin. This draws toxins directly out of the circulation . It should only be done by trained by medical professionals as it involves blood and blood products. It is not for everyone, please discuss with your practitioner to see what types of cupping is best suited to you as an individual. For example, people taking blood thinners would not be a candidate for wet cupping.

What is the The Science Behind Cupping?

  • Cupping involves the creation of vacuum suction or negative pressure.
  • This ‘suction ‘  starts to collect blood along with toxins that are brought to the surface.
  • Small cuts are then made on the skin.
  • Suction cups are re applied to the skin  allowing for increased absorption at the arterial and venous end of the small capillaries.
  • Toxins are collected at the end and discarded.
  • The whole process of cupping allows for increase in blood flow. Increase blood flow has a positive effect on stimulation of the body’s system to help promote healing.  Furthermore, by means of wet cupping endorphin /hormone release occurs that has beneficial effects that reduce inflammation.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine or (TCM) suggests that cupping draws out ‘heat’ and ‘dampness’ in the body to promote well being.