Summer Hill Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Cupping is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of blod and Qi (chi). Qi is the free flow of vital energy circulating through the body and the world around us, if the Qi is disrupted or disturbed, it can create stagnation (blockages) or imbalances in the body.

Cupping treatment uses various sized special glass cups, where a flame is used to create a vacuum in the cup before it is placed on the skin, to create localised suction, which then pulls Qi and blood into an area and also provides a massage like effect on the muscles. It restore the flow of Qi and blood, and is commonly used to clear local stagnation.

Cupping can be used as a standalone treatment, or is often used as a part of other treatment modalities such as Acupuncture.

The practice increases blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, remove toxins & stagnation, and is thought to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain.

Different types of cupping are selected based on the treatment goals of the acupuncturist. There are also different types of cups. Most commonly, cups are made out of glass. However, a thousand years ago, cups were made of bamboo, clay, or animal horns.