Just about everyone these days could tell you that acupuncturists use needles to help someone’s health improve but needles aren’t the only tools we have for helping. Acupuncturists also use cupping therapy.
In this photo you can see glass cups on the patient’s back. The acupuncturist used a flame to create a vacuum before placing the cup (without the flame!) on the patient’s back. There are also cups that use a pump to create the vacuum. Historically, bamboo cups have also been used. Sometimes the cups are filled with herbal remedies as part of the treatment.
If you leave the cups in place we call that stationary cupping. We can also use oil or massage lotion on the cupping area to be able to glide the cups up and down or back and forth for running cupping.
There are many reasons the acupuncturist might choose cupping therapy for your treatment. Most patients find it is an enjoyable feeling similar to having a massage.
Ask about it at your next visit!