Better health and wellness can be achieved with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and alternative methodologies. People suffering from pain, allergies, anxiety, and other conditions can sometimes find relief in alternative medicines and practices. Not everything can be healed with a pill nor is physical interventions always necessary. If you are looking for a way to relieve discomfort or a way to better health, consider booking an appointment with Eva Lu. Eva Lu Acupuncture offers San Diego cupping therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.
What is Chinese Cupping?
Cupping is a practice where small glass cups or jars are placed on the skin and a vacuum is applied. The suction pulls the muscles into the cup producing a pleasant sensation. The vacuum can be generated with a small hand pump or heat. Once the cups are in place, they can be left there for approximately 10 minutes; more than one cup can be used at a time. In some cases, the cups are gently moved along the length of the body. This gliding motion along with the suction is similar to a reverse massage where the tissue is pulled away from the body in a gliding motion.
The suction loosens tight muscles, increases blood flow, and alleviates pressure. This, in turn, allows for an unobstructed flow of life energy called “qi”. Cupping is often applied along the meridians (the pathways in which life energy flows) and can invigorate veins and arteries. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that many maladies are due to stagnation or blockage of life energy. Cupping is one way to improve blood flow and facilitate the flow of qi.