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The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

By Anna Totzke, R.Ac.

Cupping is a technique used in Chinese Medicine to stimulate acupoints or larger areas of the body.  Glass or plastic cups are placed on specific areas (most commonly on the back). Through suction, the skin is gently pulled into the cups.

Cupping improves the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. The cups can be left in place or can be moved along the surface of the skin (slide cupping).

Cupping is often used for:

-Muscle pain and tightness (softens rigid soft tissue)- shoulder, back, neck

-Bronchial conditions – Asthma, lung congestion, cough and colds, sore throat

-Breaking up scar tissue and fatty deposits

-Arthritis and fibromyalgia

-Gastrointestinal disorders

-Relaxation and stress relief

-Fatigue and improve sleep

-Lower high blood pressure


-Removing cellulite


-Boosts the immune system

After a cupping treatment, there are often circles (the size of the cups) left on the treated area and can range in colour from light pink to dark purple. These circle are not painful and will clear within 4 or 5 days. Many clients report the feeling of deep relaxation after a treatment and find they have a comfortable sleep.

Cupping is often used along with Acupuncture but is a treatment on its own.

If you have any questions about Cupping, please feel free to contact Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist at


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