Scottsdale Acupuncture

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years by many different cultures to help rid the body of disease and improve the physical structure. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses cupping extensively to resolve stagnation of energy (Qi) and blood due to a number of causes, including physical injury and various ailments. This type of therapy can also be used to clear heat from the body, eliminate toxins, treat respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis, alleviate arthritic symptoms, ease lower back pain, resolve depression and lessen gastrointestinal problems.

“The ancient art of cupping has been utilized by healers and lay people in many cultures. Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build up and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin. The cells of the body use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide; when the energy is blocked, the cell waste or carbon dioxide gets blocked. This is called acid or toxin build up. Physical pain implies a blockage in the flow of energy through a particular area. When toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, it can be very difficult for the body to get rid of this waste, causing further blockage and discomfort. Utilizing cupping techniques we are able, by vacuum or suction, to pull the blockage out of the deeper tissue and move it to the skin’s surface. Once on the surface, it is much easier for the body to eliminate toxins through the superficial blood supply or capillary system. In only ten minutes of cupping, not only can we pull toxin build up out of specific areas, but we can also pull the fresh new blood into those areas, which will vitalize and restore proper blood flow.” – By, Susan Johnson, L.Ac. (Copyright Susan Johnson, L.Ac. 2006)

Cupping can have amazing results when used alone or in conjunction with other alternative treatments. This particular therapy has the potential to effect great change in a very short amount of time as it can work on the deeper levels of the body. It also has a profound effect on the speed and degree of lasting healing for many conditions.