August 2016

What is Cupping?

Cupping, a therapeutic method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), classical acupuncture, and Japanese acupuncture for over 2,000 years, is growing in popularity after several Olympic athletes competed with the circular cupping markings on their backs. It is applied to prescribed points and locations on the body depending on specific symptoms and diagnostic considerations. Glass, bamboo, or pottery cups are suctioned onto the skin to, in theory, help reduce pain, bring toxins to the surface, relax muscles, and circulate more blood to various areas needing attention. For more information about cupping, please review our complete scientific monograph.

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