Cupping Therapy Works

Is Cupping Therapy Right For Me?

Why try Cupping Therapy? Athletes around the world are seen with the round purple marks on their skin.  Why is this ancient form of Chinese therapy gaining popularity in the Western world?

One reason for the rapid gain in popularity is the search for alternative drug free pain management. Many people suffer from opioid addiction in efforts to control their pain. Cupping Therapy is a form of alternative for of holistic therapy to help with pain. This therapy is successful for famous athletes and can be good for you, too.

How Cupping Therapy Works

Cupping works by increasing the blood flow to sore areas in muscles. This blood flow provides important nutrients to the affected area and stimulates your own body’s natural healing process. This therapy provides pain relief by exciting small nerves inside muscles to release pain killing chemicals. Cupping is a successful pain management therapy.

There are different forms of cupping therapy. For instance, the cup itself may be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicon. There are air cupping and fire cupping methods. The therapist creates the cupping effect by change in heat or by suctioning out air inside of the cup.  When the cup is placed on your skin and the cup acts as a vacuum. Then, the skin is lightly drawn into the cup from the suction. This creates a relieving sensation. The skin reddens due to the congestion of blood flow. This stimulates areas along acupuncture points that directly stimulate the the muscles and nerves to promote healing.

The cups stay placed downwards on your skin for about five to ten minutes, then the cups are removed by the therapist. After which, the therapist may cover the previously cupped areas with ointment and bandages to prevent any infection. Cupping Therapy may leave round purple marks or circular bruises on the skin. These marks generally go away within 3 to 10 days.

Cupping therapy is successfully in treating conditions such as rheumatic pain, headaches / migraines, gastralgia (stomach pain), dyspepsia (indigestion), menorrhagia (painful menstrual cramps), arthritis due to wind-cold dampness, acute sprain, facial paralysis, hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body), and acne among other conditions.

Cupping May Not Be Right for Everyone

This therapy is not recommended for everyone. People with health conditions such as cancer, organ failure, hemophilia, edema, blood disorders, and certain types of heart disease may not but suitable for this type of pain management therapy. Let your therapist know if you have any of these conditions so they can properly evaluate your treatment plan to fit your needs.

The demand for drug free pain relief is on the rise. Alice Huang Chinese Natural Therapies provides several forms of pain management options that are long lasting and drug free. Call Alice today to see if this holistic therapy is right for you.  Alice Huang’s Cupping Therapy is available in three Metro Detroit locations:

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Alice is available in three locations: Dearborn, Wyandotte and Clawson, MI
Chinese Natural Therapies and Acupuncture is offered at all three locations. However, certain therapies are offered only available on certain days at each location. Choose the Metro Detroit location that is convenient for you and your schedule. The Dearborn, Wyandotte – Downriver, and Clawson Offices are here to assist you.  Please always feel free to call with questions.

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