Originally called “horn therapy,” cupping uses glass cups over a large muscular area, such as the back, to enhance the flow of energy and blood in the body. To create a vacuum, a flame is placed in an upside-down cup. When the oxygen in the cup is burned off, the cup is placed directly on the skin where it is held in place by suction. Often, the skin inside the cup visibly rises. Though generally painless, this method may produce a deep redness or discoloration which may persist for up to several days. These marks may resolve on their own and are not indications of complications or injury.

Acupuncturists use cupping for specific problems in the flow of qi, or life energy. Cupping disperses and moves qi by exerting suction and pressure and is commonly used when the qi is blocked at certain points, or when qi needs to be drawn to the surface of the body.

Cupping is commonly used to treat colds, lung infections, and muscle and joint pain or spasms.

ALETRIS uses Chinese medicine alone or in combination with naturopathic and other alternative therapies. Call our office to schedule an appointment at ALETRIS.