Acupuncture Cupping in Vancouver

Cupping is a safe, non-invasive, and an inexpensive technique, which practitioners use to treat a myriad of conditions, like colds & flu, upper respiratory infections, and problems of the internal organs. Recently, cupping has been in the media for muscular pain, bone pain and spasms, particularly on the back and shoulders.Cupping therapy stimulates micro blood circulation, to the localized area. To create a vacuum seal on the skin, a flame from a burning cotton ball held with in forceps is placed in and out an upside-down cup . When the oxygen in the cup is exhausted, the glass cup is placed directly on to the skin, where it is held in place by a strong suction. Often, the skin inside the cup visibly rises with the suction. There are also cups available that use manual hand pumping instead of the traditional burning type to create the suction. Cupping is generally considered a painless procedure.

More than one cup at a time, in varying sizes, is used to cover an area thoroughly. Cups may be left for several minutes, or removed quickly and placed elsewhere. Cups are sometimes placed over an acupuncture needle that has been inserted. Moving or sliding cupping, which is a variation, may also be performed, first by rubbing the skin with a small amount of oil - which permits the cups to slide with ease. After a cupping session, patients may wish to remain lying down for several minutes. When cups are used to treat colds and flus patients are advised to wrap up in blankets to stay warm after the treatment. Acupuncturists may also prescribe herbal remedies, dietary changes, and other health recommendations, to coincide with the treatment.