One of the most common questions we here at Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic is, what does cupping do? Our acupuncturist in Manhattan, Alida P. van Heerden, uses cupping for pain relief and improved circulation. It is also beneficial for stimulating energy flow as a way to treat illnesses and health conditions. Find out how we use cupping in New York as part of our integrated medicine approach to health care.
Cupping is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Using cups that provide suction when placed on the body, we can help increase energy flow. A low energy flow is associated with decreased circulation, which leads to illness, reduced immunity, and inability to heal properly. Cupping does not involve any needles or drugs, and it is safe for all ages. Cups are placed on the body for up to 15 minutes per treatment, making it a quick and simple method for improving your health.
CUPPING therapy has been used in China for thousands of years. It involves the application of suction to affected areas of the body in order to stimulate the flow of energy. Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation — stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving the flow energy — to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on the back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Possible benefits of cupping include pain relief, muscular relaxation, increased circulation of blood and lymph, release of toxins in the body’s tissues, and reduced inflammation. While Cupping may leave temporary marks, these will not be painful and will disappear within 3-7 days. Cupping is usually used for various types of aches and pains including neck and back pain, leg pain, shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia.
It also benefits the lungs by opening up the chest to treat respiratory problems such as bronchitis, cough, and asthma. Cupping can even treat menstrual problems and digestive disorders including vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. To learn more about cupping call us today at (917) 968-6456 or make an appointment online!
Benefits of Cupping
The primary benefit of cupping is to stimulate an energy flow that is beneficial to your health and wellbeing. For example, cupping for athletes is generally used to promote pain relief in sore muscles or overused tendons. Cupping is also helpful for reducing toxins and detoxing the body. We can use cupping as part of an addiction treatment program to help your system detox from substances.
If you have lower back pain from sitting at a desk at work, you can use cupping to stimulate circulation in the lower back region. This treatment can also help with chronic pain from fibromyalgia or arthritis, thanks to the stimulation of energy flow. Other conditions that can be treated using cupping include stomach pain, PMS, shoulder tension, and neck pain. We can also apply cupping as part of your soft tissue pain treatments along with moxibustion, Chinese herbal supplements, and acupuncture.
How Cupping Works
You have most likely seen the signs of cupping on star athletes, most notably Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. When you receive cupping therapy you will have cups, typically made from glass or silicone, placed on areas of your body. These areas can be trigger points or areas of injury. Once the cup is pressed to the body, the suctioning process begins and you will experience an increased flow of energy in the treated area. The circles made with the suctioning are temporary and will fade within a week or so after treatment.
Find Cupping in Manhattan to Treat an Injury or Illness
Our holistic approach to treating injuries and illnesses, while boosting your body’s natural healing abilities, includes cupping in Manhattan. At Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic we use cupping therapy, moxibustion, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture. Through a clinical combination of the most effective treatments, our acupuncturist in New York, Alida P. van Heerden, can help you resolve your health problems naturally.
Contact our office at (917) 968-6456 to find out more about cupping or to schedule cupping therapy. We are currently offering a free consultation and diagnostic exam, a $90 value, for new patients so inquire today!