What is the cupping therapy and how does it work?
Cupping is a traditional Middle Eastern and Chinese modality dating back thousands of years. During this treatment, cups are placed on specific areas of the body – usually the back, shoulders and back. More uncommon areas for cupping are the knees, elbows, feet, face and abdomen. An acupuncturist uses either a traditional fire cupping method or a more modern suction pump to create vacuum and suction in the cups. Unlike a massage, cupping produces negative pressure and pulls soft tissue into the cups. This forces blood through the blood vessels and improves oxygenation within organs and tissues.
Different types of cupping therapy
Here at Luna Body and Mind we most often do dry cupping.
For dry cupping, an acupuncturist puts a flammable substance, for example, paper, herbs, or alcohol, in a cup and then sets the substance on fire. When the fire burns the air inside the cup, vacuum is created and the cups are placed on the skin.
Often, we employ a more modern cupping style that involves a suction pump and cups with magnets inside. The amount of suction is more precise with this device, and magnets provide additional therapeutic benefits to speed up healing.
Wet cupping involves using a bleeding device (such as a lancet) to puncture the skin; a vacuum cup is then placed over it to encourage a few drops of blood out. Wet cupping is fantastic for many conditions involving pain such as arthritis or gout or an acute or chronic pain from an injury.
We are offering both wet and dry cupping therapy in our Los Angeles/Santa Monica location.
Health benefits of cupping therapy
The suction produced by cupping can significantly boost the blood and Qi circulation to the area where the cups are placed. Cupping forces the blood even through the smallest of blood vessels under pressure. As we age, these tiny blood vessels atrophy and deteriorate. Cupping gives blood vessels a great workout and a new life!
In addition to keeping the blood vessels healthy and strong, and as a result of improved blood flow, cupping enhances cell metabolism and repair.
Liver and kidneys work hard to remove toxins from the blood. Cupping assists the process of detoxification by mechanically squeezing the cells. Cell walls are permeable and under pressure, they release lactic acid and other metabolic waste into the surrounding lymphatic fluid. This helps the body to flush all the toxins through the lymphatic system and eventually through urination, digestive tract or sweat.
With cupping therapy in Los Angeles offered by Luna Body and Mind, we often incorporate cupping for detoxification and weight loss.
Cupping (especially along the spine) activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This produces deep relaxation and improves digestion and sleep.
Reduction of edema, stretch marks, cellulite, and varicose/spider veins
With improved blood and lymphatic flow, your body can dispose of toxins and remove edema. Cupping is a systemic treatment and affects the whole body, even when cupping is not done directly on the affected area. Spider and varicose veins (bluish, bulging veins under your skin) are usually located on the feet and legs. The valves of these veins are not working correctly and those blood vessels are not able to return the blood to the heart effectively. Cupping therapy brings fresh oxygen and blood flow to the affected area. Our patients notice less pressure in their varicose veins even after one cupping session. For lasting results, you may need to go for a series of cupping therapy sessions.
Cupping therapy effectively treats chest congestion and cough that often results from asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. Cupping breaks up and expels the phlegm and brings lymph and oxygen-rich blood toward the lungs and crucial respiratory muscles. Cupping usually provides immediate relief for chest congestion and cough.
Aids digestion and helps colon blockages
As mentioned above, cupping therapy triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. This, in turn, increases the blood flow to your digestive tract. Cupping of the abdomen area can also stimulate the digestive organs. It helps in peristalsis, clears colon blockages, and prevents indigestion. We often cup the abdomen to assist in weight loss as it stimulates metabolism as well.
Is cupping safe?
As acupuncturists, we are extensively trained in cupping therapy. With proper safety precautions, cupping is safe for everyone. Having performed cupping for many years on a number of patients, we believe that we offer the best cupping therapy in the Los Angeles/Santa Monica area. Call us today to book an appointment!