Updated: Jul 29, 2020
This technique is performed with glass or bamboo cups, which are placed on the skin to create suction and influence the flow of energy and blood. Cupping follows the same meridian channels that acupuncture does and is regarded as one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is a great treatment option for a variety of conditions including pain, stiffness, inflammation, blood flow, anxiety, infertility, cellulite reduction and even facial rejuvenation.
Cupping is just one of the many treatments used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is an ancient medical system that has existed for more than 3,500 year with the earliest writings on pieces of tortoise shells and bone, dating back to the Shang Dynasty (15th to 11th centuries BC). In TCM, balance between health and disease is a key concept. TCM treatments seeks to restore this balance through treatment specific to the individual by looking at your entire well-being and treating the root of the illness, rather than the symptoms.
TCM Treatments such as cupping, acupuncture, tui na, and gua sha, should only be done by an expert TCM practitioner. Although some massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, or estheticians offer similar therapies, it is absolutely necessary to verify the in-depth training, education, theoretical knowledge, and licensing required to apply these safely and effectively when handling medical conditions.
To locate a licensed TCM practitioner, look for a healthcare provider who is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). TCM Practitioners in Texas have obtained a degree with a minimum of 1,800 hours of education and training at an accredited TCM school and have successfully passed 4 Medical Boards, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine examination, and a jurisprudence exam before obtaining their license to practice.
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