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7 Health Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy, also known as Hijama therapy in some Arabic cultures, is a fascinating alternative form of medicine that can be dated from about 5,000 years ago. It has many health benefits, without side effects like that of taking pharmaceutical pills. Learn more about how cupping therapy works and the benefits of this form of therapy.

How Cupping Therapy Works

The basic idea behind cupping therapy is to place cups on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum to form negative pressure, which draws blood to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that needs healing. In Chinese medicine, cups are used on specific acupuncture points or used along different meridians. Acupuncture is penetrative to the skin, whereas cupping therapy focuses on the skin's surface.

Acupuncture points

The negative pressure of cupping can squeeze out a large number of air bubbles which reinforces gas exchange in the local tissues. It can open pores to promote the detoxification process and the function of white blood cells which increase the immunity.

The marks that appear on the surface of the skin after cupping is “old blood” which is low in oxygen and high in toxic chemicals, instead of newly generated blood.


3 Types of Cups Used for Cupping Therapy

The different cups used are vacuum, glass and silicon. Vacuum cups use a small air pump to pump the air out of the cups to cause suction. Alternatively, silicon cups are used by squeezing the air out of the cup by hand to create suction. Practitioners use the glass cups by placing a burning cotton ball in the cup to create suction and warmth.

Glass cups for cupping therapy

At Bodhi Tree Oriental Health Clinic, we offer both the vacuum (pump) cupping and heat (fire) cupping. Click here to book your cupping therapy treatment.

7 Health Benefits of Cupping Therapy

There are several reasons why a patient may need cupping therapy. The health conditions treated with cupping therapy include back pains, migraines, digestion issues, respiratory infections, skin health, and boosts overall relaxation. More specifically, cupping therapy provides the following health benefits:

  1. The warm heat from cupping (fire cupping) can expand blood vessels, promote local blood circulations, and improve blood shot conditions.

  2. Regulate the nervous system

  3. Promote metabolism

  4. Promote immunity (the circulation of lymph fluids in the body)

  5. Promote normal function of muscle tissues (avoid muscle atrophy)

  6. Excellent in pain treatment because it moves the blood and energy flow in the body.

  7. Chinese medicine practitioners usually use cupping at the very beginning of common cold. In this condition, practitioners use cupping on the upper back to create better circulation, and also opens the pores to let the “wind evil” to disperse from the body. From western anatomy point of view, 1st to 3rd thoracic nerve affecting heart and lung, cupping the upper back stimulates the nerves which cause healing of the respiratory system.


Book Today with a Bodhi Tree Registered Practitioner

Bodhi Tree Oriental Health Clinic is a Chinese Medical facility that takes an integrative approach to your health. Using natural techniques including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, the clinic is a transformative experience. Our treatments focus on uncovering the root cause of each patient’s disease to realize the maximum transformation of their situation. Through our holistic approach, we assist our patients in rapidly achieving their goals for better physical and mental health. For more information, call us at 905-760-7542 or click here to simply schedule an appointment with us at your earliest convenience.


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