When most people hear the term “Traditional Chinese Medicine” they envision acupuncture needles inserted into various parts of a patient’s body. While that is the most well known aspect of TCM, it is only a slice of the entire whole. Another often used and somewhat unknown TCM healing treatment is known as “cupping.”
Cupping is used to remove toxins from the body in the same way those foot pads placed on the bottom of feet before bed are used to draw toxins from the body during the night. Cupping tonifies the major organs and cleanses the blood, and like all TCM practices is gentle on the body, without causing harsh side effects.
Cupping works like this: Patients lay on their stomach, backs exposed. The Practitioner places a heated glass cup on the patient’s back. The hat helps the cup adhere to the surface of the skin. Subsequently, the cup becomes a sealed glass dome over an area on the patient’s back. As hot steam warms the area, the pores open and the suction literally draws toxins out of the body.
Once one area is cupped, the Practitioner continues the process until row after row of cups have been applied to patient’s back. Typically, each cup remains on the skin for no more than 10 minutes before being carefully removed.
Cupping is a familiar procedure to celebs such as Gweneth Paltrow
and Madonna . The first time I experienced cupping, not only were toxins cleared from my body, but the warm steam directed into my skin provided a soothing relaxation to my muscles, similar to a massage. Warning: Drooling is likely.
There is absolutely no pain with cupping, but there is one downside. Due to the heat and accumulation of toxins pulled from a single area, a bruise often forms in the outline of the cup leaving a person’s back looking as though it went twelve rounds with a champion heavyweight boxer. The marks look very dramatic, but as my mother says, “It’s all sizzle and no steak.”
Although considered exotic in the West, the practice of cupping is becoming more and more recognized and readily available. Readers may want to add cupping to their list of resources for maintaining good health and wellness.
For more information about the Traditional Chinese Medicine and “cupping” visit: http://www.chinesecupping.net/history_of_chinese_cupping.html.
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