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What is Cupping and How Can Cupping Help You?

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

From professional athletes to actors including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Gwyneth Paltrow, people around the world are starting to acknowledge the benefits of cupping.

You may have noticed cupping marks on the backs and shoulders of people at the gym, and you may be wondering about this strange phenomenon? Cupping is commonly being used to relieve pain and chronic muscle soreness. However, cupping treatments can help with more than that. By gently pulling the muscle and fascia upwards, it draws toxins to the surface of the skin where the immune system is better able to eliminate them. If you're interested to learn more about cupping in Traditional Chinese Medicine, visit our cupping page.

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This short article briefly covers the benefits of cupping. Spending the next five minutes reading this article may reveal a treatment that can help you with your pain. For inquiries. you can follow this link here. Alternatively, you can call +852 2526 7908 or email

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What is Cupping?

Acupuncture at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Chronic Pain Relief
Cupping at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Chronic Pain Relief

What Is Cupping?

Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that can help to resolve chronic muscle pain and tightness faster and more effectively than massage therapy by itself.

Practitioners create a vacuum that is quickly applied to the skin. The resultant low pressure in the cup-to-body space causes a localized expansion of the tissue. This causes a vasodilatation reaction that can benefit pain conditions.

Cupping is used to increase blood flow to painful constricted areas, and to re-supply vital nutrients and oxygen to those pain points. Cupping may be used in conjunction with acupuncture for even better results.

Benefits of Cupping

Increased circulation from cupping

The cups placed onto the skin create suction in the area and helps to increase circulation. Patients typically enjoy the feeling of cupping as the increased blood flow to the area can help to relieve muscle tension in addition to promoting cell repair. Cupping can also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Cupping encourages the of release toxins

Cupping can help your body to release toxins that have accumulated over time. Blood flow to the cupping areas can help your body to flush out toxins through its lymphatic system.

Cupping can aid digestion

Cupping helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. It increases blood flow to the digestive tract. Cupping used gently over the abdomen can help with peristalsis, promoting contractions that push food through your digestive tract. Cupping can help to clear colon blockages and relieve indigestion.

Cupping can clear congestion

Suction from cupping can help expel congestion by bringing oxygen-rich blood toward your lungs and other respiratory muscles. Cups are usually placed on your back but may be placed on your chest as well.

Reduce anxiety by cupping

Your parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when you receive cupping. It can slow your heart rate, assists digestion, and increases intestinal and gland activity. This process promotes deep relaxation throughout your entire body.

Cupping can reduce scarring

Increased blood flow can help your body to remove edema (excess fluid). This can help to reduce the appearance of scarring. Cupping can also have a positive effect on stretch marks.

Cupping can improve varicose veins

Varicose veins appear as bluish veins under your skin. They usually appear on the legs and feet. Varicose veins appear when the valves inside the vein aren’t working properly to move blood from the muscle back to the heart. Cupping helps by bringing blood flow to these areas.

Cupping Treatments at Health Wise

For bookings give us a call at +852 2526 7908 or email Cupping treatments by our certified practitioners are both safe and effective. You can opt for the cupping-only session, or add cupping onto your acupuncture session.

The benefits of cupping increase over time, and can yield long-term health benefits. Thank you for reading this short article. For inquiries about cupping. you can follow this link to contact us.

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