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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture and Cupping

Posted Jan 12 2010 12:00am

I keep up my acupuncture appointments once a week because they bring me such relief.  Yesterday I went to my acupuncturist with the usual complaints:  anxiety, aches, pains, fatigue, terrible back pain, and I told her I felt like I was getting a cold.  She told me we would do something new today.  Something called cupping.

“It is said to improve the circulation in the body by opening the lungs up and drawing the toxins away from them and toward the skin’s surface.

Cupping draws out Wind, Cold and Damp according to traditional Chinese philosophy. Studies are beginning to show that Chinese medicine cupping can be used to treat a variety of very different ailments, including swelling, asthma, edema, dull aches, pains, bronchitis, arthritis, stomach ache, abdominal pain, headache, indigestion, painful menstruation, lower back pain, coughs and a lot more.”

Do not let the bruises fool you, it felt amazing!  Relief!  I asked why haven’t we ever done this in the year and a half I’ve been coming here?  It felt like getting a massage and being vacuumed at the same time.  It brought great relief to the tense muscles in my back and sure enough, it drew out my cold just as she said it would.

I wouldn’t mind doing this once a week.  I am still sore but that “good sore” you feel after a deep tissue massage.


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