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Cupping Therapy Specialist

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center

Acupuncture & Nutrition Counseling located in Shelton, CT

Cupping therapy is one of the oldest and most effective method of releasing the toxins from body tissue and organs. It is also known as vacuum cupping, fire cupping, blood cupping etc. It is a practice in which special cups are placed on the skin to create suction. This causes the tissue beneath the cup to be drawn up and swell, causing increase in blood flow to affected area. Enhanced blood flow under the cups draws impurities and toxins away from the nearby tissues and organs towards the surface for elimination. People have used cupping for thousands of years to ease back pain, neck pain, headaches and other problems.

Cupping Therapy Q & A

What does cupping treat?

Most of our patients use cupping to relieve conditions that cause pain. Cupping can also benefit some chronic (ongoing) health issues. Cupping may ease symptoms of:

  • Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Back pain, neck pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.
  • Breathing problems, such as asthma.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD).
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension).

How is cupping performed?

There are different ways to perform cupping, with some variations based on the chosen method. Your provider will leave the cups in place for several minutes. Some treatments involve briefly moving the cups to stretch and massage the area.

Depending on the treatment, you may require multiple cups on your skin. Cupping methods include:

Dry (or Fire Cupping): Each cup will be heated up — typically with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball that is set aflame. The heat sends oxygen out of the cup, creating a vacuum. We also utilize vacuum cupping, which uses a suction device to remove air from the cups. Once placed on your skin, the vacuum force pulls your skin up into the cup.

Wet (or Blood Cupping): Using a needle to lightly puncture your skin before, and sometimes after, cupping. Toxins leave the body through the puncture wounds during the cupping procedure.


Benefits of Cupping:

  • Cupping helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Improves blood flow.
  • Used for relaxation, well-being and deep tissue massage.
  • It is safe, non-invasive and inexpensive treatment.
  • Rejuvenation of body organs.
  • Facilitates healing process and strengthens immune system.

Used to treat:

  • Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
  • Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Skin problems: eczema and acne
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines, Anxiety and depression
  • Varicose veins

Effects of Cupping:

  • Skin: Improved metabolism in skin tissue, better functioning of sebaceous and sweat glands, improved healing and improved skin resistance.
  • Muscles: Stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
  • Joints: Increased blood flow and secretion of synovial fluid.
  • Digestive system: Increased peristalsis and secretion of digestive fluids, better digestion and excretion.
  • Blood: Improved blood circulation, improved functioning of RBC and WBC.
  • Nervous System: Stimulates sensory nerves of skin, Improves ANS.

To find out more about how cupping therapy can help you and your needs, book your FREE consultation with Joe today!

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