Brianna Smart - Acupuncture and Cupping Victoria, B.C.

What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy has been used by cultures all over the world. It predates the written language and is depicted in the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. As cupping techniques evolved over time, its many therapeutic effects were documented in the earliest textbooks of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many of those techniques are still used by practitioners to this day.

The most common style of cupping is "fire cupping" where a small flame is placed into a glass cup and onto the skin. The cups are left in place or moved around with massage oil to create a feeling of relaxation, similar to a massage. Depending on the nature of the treatment, the suction pressure of the cups can also be adjusted to have a much deeper and stronger quality. This pressure is often used to treat chronic ailments and deep musculoskeletal injuries. Alternate cupping therapies may be applied with the use of modern plastic or silicone suction cups.

After the cups are removed from the skin, it is common to have bruise-like marks left behind. In fact they aren't bruises at all, as a bruise is an injury to the blood vessels. The marks from cupping are a result of localized blood stagnation and toxins being pulled to the surface of the skin. These do not take long to fade and can be an excellent indicator of your healing process.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy:

  •  Increases circulation
  • Accelerates recovery from injury
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Treats chronic injuries and reduces pain
  • Treats respiratory illnesses, bronchitis, asthma, congestion  and common cold
  • Neuralgia
  • Improves range of motion