During cupping, a vacuum is created by lighting an alcohol soaked cotton ball on fire and inserting it inside of a glass jar, or "cup", which is then placed on the patients back for a period of time.
When the cups are removed, bruises will be left behind. These bruises can tell the acupuncturist about your health, based on the variation and color within the bruise. This therapy promotes blood and Qi flow. Bruises typically fade within 1 week, and becomes less and less severe as blood circulation improves in the patient.
Cupping is commonly done on a patients 1st treatment appointment and used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
In addition to improving blood circulation, Qi flow, and releasing toxins, cupping can also be used to treat: sprains, muscle pain, and other muskuloskeletal problems.
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