Cupping is a treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other traditions around the world which uses cups to create suction on the skin to promote healing & detoxification. When suction or vacuum is created on the skin, it pulls stagnated blood and lymph to the surface and stimulates healing in the local area space-enhancing circulation, releasing muscle tension, promoting lymphatic drainage and circulation of qi. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping treatment opens up “meridians” on the body, allowing qi to flow through and stimulate corresponding organ systems. This therapy is effective in relieving pain and is a good alternative to acupuncture or massage.


What Does Cupping Treat?

Cupping can be used in acute or chronic conditions. This therapy mimics massage movements ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to light pumping for lymphatic drainage. Cupping can be used to treat conditions such as fibromyalgia, edema, inflammation, joint pain, muscle tension, scar tissue, cellulite and more.

What are the Benefits of Cupping Therapy?

  • Relieves tight muscles
  • Promotes circulation
  • Clears blockages
  • Reduces cellulite and promotes weight loss
  • Clears congestion
  • Relieves joint pain & improves mobility
  • Moves lymphatic system
  • Detoxifies skin & blood
  • Realigns flow or qi or energy

What Can I Expect?

For best results, regular treatments can help restore health and prevent conditions from returning. Cupping is very safe and can be done on children & adults. The therapy is very relaxing and most people experience benefits in the first treatment. Some individuals may experience temporary cupping marks which can indicate areas of concern in the body but are generally painless. 

All naturopathic doctors at Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic offer cupping services.