A wide array of holistic therapies is available to assist with pain relief. One of these is cupping therapy. Alongside acupuncture and moxabustion therapy, cupping is an ancient practice that has demonstrated great efficacy whenever relieving pain and inflammation is needed. It also helps to improve the body’s ability to heal itself from muscle strain or injury.
Cupping therapy, a medical practice that is more than 2,000 years old, has been widely used in several traditional medical systems, such as those from ancient China, India, Egypt, and Greece. It has been gaining recent notoriety due to its prevalent use in the 2016 Olympics. Besides Olympic athletes, like 21-time gold medalist, Michael Phelps, and others, many celebrities are also utilizing the benefits of cupping as a natural way to clear pain and inflammation from the body. For example, Kim Kardashian recently tweeted about her experiences with cupping. Cupping also improves circulation, so that we can heal faster and gain increased flexibility and functionality from our body.
The mechanics of cupping are quite simple. In essence, a vacuum suction is created beneath a small cup, and applied directly to the skin. This suction pulls against the skin and underlying connective tissues, bringing increased circulation to the affected area or areas, and helps the body to return to its proper levels of muscle tone. These cups are often left in place for several minutes, and might be complemented by other holistic modalities, such as acupuncture, heat or cold therapy, or therapeutic massage. Once the therapy is complete, the suction is released, and the cups can be comfortably removed from the body. Sometimes there can be slight bruising that occurs at the site, however this is quite ordinary when using cupping therapy.
Doctors of Oriental Medicine and acupuncture, such as myself, are well trained in the proper use and benefits of cupping therapy. Please seek the advice and care of a trained medical professional if you are interested in cupping.
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Dr. Newman, noted author and holistic innovator, is a pre-med graduate of the University of Miami, and is currently a licensed physician specializing in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and holistic healthcare. “The universe in its abundance is always looking out for you. You just have to make sure you catch the look at the right time.”