What is it?
Cupping, also known as myofascial decompression, is an essential technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The benefits of cupping include pain relief, increased blood circulation, decreased inflammation, detoxification, decreased muscle tension, stress/anxiety relief, and the treatment of respiratory symptoms
How does it work?
Chinese cupping therapy in our practice involves the placement of glass cups onto the skin of the back, chest, abdomen, legs and arms. The cups create a suction which pulls stagnant blood to the surface of the skin and allows fresh blood to enter and clean the area, as well as breaks up fascial adhesions. This increases the space between the muscle, fascia and bone, which can increase the range of motion in aching muscles and joints. When healthy circulation is restored this allows for proper flow of oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster muscle recovery. We recommend cupping for back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and anxiety, as well as many other conditions
What are those dark marks? Does it hurt?
The bruises left after a cupping session are due to stagnant blood being drawn up to the surface of the skin. These bruises can be dark but are usually painless and typically last between 3-10 days.
At Zuni we now offer love-cupping, cups that leave heart shaped bruises instead of circular bruises
What conditions does it treat?
Anxiety, Stress, Depression
Acute and Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Skin Conditions: Herpes Zoster, Acne, Hives
Is it safe?
Cupping is safe and has few adverse side effects if performed by a trained professional such as an acupuncturist.