Cupping Therapy: Dive Deep into Ancient Healing for Today's Wellness ​

Cupping Therapy: What is it and what does it do?

At Source Acupuncture, we emphasize evidence-based practices rooted in the long-standing traditions of Chinese Medicine. Cupping is one such therapy, recognized for its clinically observed physiological benefits, and is frequently recommended to address specific health concerns.

Why Choose Cupping? 

  1. Natural Detox: Experience detoxification at its finest as cupping draws out impurities, ushering in a surge of oxygen and essential nutrients to revitalize tissues.
  2. Soothe Away Pain: Combat joint and muscle discomfort with cupping’s unique ability to enhance circulation and relax tense areas.
  3. Deep Relaxation: Think of cupping as nature’s deep-tissue massage, ushering in a world of tranquility and stress relief.
  4. Boost Your Immune Shield: Strengthen your body’s natural defenses as cupping aids in efficient lymphatic fluid movement.
  5. Radiant Skin: Witness a rejuvenation of your skin’s health, as cupping invigorates collagen production and renewal.

Is Cupping Right for Everyone? Considerations: While cupping offers numerous benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. It’s essential to consult with our specialists if you:

  • Are pregnant or currently menstruating.
  • Have skin ulcers, deep vein thrombosis, or fresh wounds.
  • Have conditions like hemophilia leading to easy bruising.
  • Are undergoing active cancer treatments.

Let us be your partners in health: At Source Acupuncture, we’re more than just a clinic. We’re your partner in a journey of holistic healing and balance. Cupping is one way we can help you get pain-free and feel your best!

You can book online or reach out to our San Diego team today at 619-761-9544.

Information about cupping at Source

Cupping Process:

  1. Preparation: The skin is first prepped with a topical oil or lotion may be applied to facilitate smooth movement of the cups.
  2. Placement: Specialized cups (often made of glass, silicone, or bamboo) are placed on specific points or areas of the body.
  3. Suction Creation: One of the common methods to create a vacuum inside the cup is by briefly sucking out out manually or by introducing a flame to the cup to heat the air inside, which is then placed onto the skin. As the air cools, a vacuum is formed. Alternatively, suction can be created using a manual or electronic pump.
  4. Therapeutic Time: Once suction is achieved, the cups are left in place for a set period, usually between 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the treatment goals.
  5. Removal: After the designated time, the cups are carefully removed by releasing the suction, typically by introducing a little air at the edge of the cup.
  6. Post-Treatment: There may be circular marks or discolorations on the skin where the cups were placed that last for 3-5 days. These marks are due to the rush of blood and anything that hasn’t moved under the surface of skin, including toxins. It is best to avoid alcohol and spicy food for the next few days and to keep the area covered from the elements, including anything too hot or cold directly on the area.

How Cupping Works:

  1. Stimulating Blood Flow: The suction effect from cupping draws blood to the surface of the skin, which can enhance circulation and promote healing.
  2. Loosening Soft Tissue: The negative pressure from the suction can help in loosening muscles and soft tissue, potentially aiding in relieving muscle tension and pain.
  3. Lymphatic Drainage: Cupping can stimulate the lymphatic system, helping to remove toxins and enhance the body’s immune responses.
  4. Balancing Qi (Energy): In the context of TCM, cupping is believed to balance the flow of “Qi” or life force energy, thereby promoting overall wellness.
  5. Facilitating Relaxation: Like other manual therapies, cupping can also have a deeply relaxing effect, potentially reducing stress and tension.

While cupping has been practiced for centuries and many individuals report beneficial effects, it’s essential to note that scientific research on cupping is ongoing. As always, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or therapist before undergoing cupping or any therapeutic modality.