Cupping is another healing modality in Chinese medicine and has been used for thousands of years in Asia. Cupping is used to help move blood and Qi. It is often recommended for back, shoulder, neck pain, and can be helpful for chronic and acute respiratory issues. It can also help detox the body as well.  Below are some Questions and Answers regarding Cupping

Q: Does cupping Hurt?

A: It does not hurt. Most people refer to it as a massage. The practitioner makes sure that the patient is comfortable at all times during their session

Q: Why does Cupping leave bruises and how long can I expect them to last?

A: According to Chinese Medicine bruising indicates that the Qi and Blood are stagnated in other words not moving, If there are bruises they usually last for 3-7 days depending on the person

Q: Do you bleed and are there any contraindications?

A. There are various types of Cupping as seen on the internet.  The one used at our clinic is called Dry Cupping meaning the Cups are not used to draw blood. However in some cases if there is a blemish it can slightly bleed but not to the extent of large amount. It is important to tell your practitioner if you are taking blood thinners or if you have a bleeding disorder as cupping can be contraindicated.

If you are interested in making a cupping appointment please refer back to the "Schedule An Appointment" page.

Carmen Pomares

Carmen Pomares

Licensed Acupuncturist, MS Chinese Medicine

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