Cupping in TCM: an ancient technique for modern health

Cupping is a technique that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and aims to regulate the flow of Qi (vital energy) in the body and alleviate various health complaints. In this blog post, we take a closer look at cupping and its use in TCM.

What is cupping?

Cupping is a treatment method in which special cupping glasses are placed on the skin to create a vacuum. This negative pressure causes the skin and underlying tissue to be gently sucked into the glass. Cupping can be applied to specific acupuncture points or to larger areas of the body.

Application and benefits of cupping in TCM

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is often used to harmonize the flow of Qi in the body and eliminate stagnation. It is believed that diseases and ailments occur when the flow of Qi is blocked or disturbed. Cupping can release these blockages, which can lead to improved health and well-being. Cupping is often used for a variety of ailments, including muscle tension, back pain, digestive disorders, colds and flu, as well as to promote detoxification of the body.

How is cupping performed?

Performing a cupping treatment requires both specialist knowledge and experience. First, the patient’s skin is rubbed with a special oil to reduce friction and allow the cups to slide more easily on the skin. Then the cupping glasses are pressurized either by heating or by a pump and placed on the selected areas of the skin. The cups are usually left on the skin for around five to 15 minutes while the negative pressure takes effect. After the treatment, there may be a slight bruising or redness on the skin, but this usually disappears within a few days.

Cupping helps against a variety of complaints

Cupping is a fascinating technique that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Cupping has proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of ailments. If you are interested in exploring this ancient healing art, contact the team at the Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine and we will help you discover the benefits of cupping for your health.

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