Cupping is one of the oldest methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This technique puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.  People use cupping for many purposes including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Benefits of Cupping

Here are some ways that cupping might be able to help you:

  • Help reduce pain
  • Promote relaxation
  • Help treat respiratory issues and colds
  • Improve digestion

What to Expect

In a typical cupping session, specialized glass cups are warmed using a flame from a burning cotton ball. As the fire goes out, the cups are put upside down on your back.      

The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen caused by the flame anchors the cup to the skin and creates suction. The negative pressure of the suction helps stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to muscles, balances and regulates the flow of Qi, and allows for removal of waste build-up in the tissues. Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 15 minutes. The cups can be either moved in a massage-like fashion by an acupuncturist or remain stationary.

The most common misunderstandings concerning cupping is the misinterpretations of the marks that sometimes result. These marks are not bruises. There is no compression or impact trauma in correctly performed cupping. As the skin under the cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. The degree of colouring is used as a diagnostic tool by acupuncturists. The marks will disappear within 3-10 days after treatment.

This service is offered at the Kerrisdale location only.