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What is cupping?

For over 5,000 years, Cupping has been used across the globe to treat a broad spectrum of health disorders. A safe, comfortable therapy, it requires only simple, inexpensive instruments to achieve highly effective results.

Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area. The vacuum can be created either by the heating and subsequent cooling of the air in the cup, or via a mechanical pump.

Cupping is a non-invasive healing method that can aid in detoxifying a person’s body and improving their overall energy and promote better blood circulation.





blood circulation


What are the benefits of using Cupping?

Cupping therapy offers several advantages including aiding in promoting blood flow and increase blood circulation to muscles and tissue, supplies oxygen to cells, loosens knots, and can release and drain excess fluids and toxins.

There are several alternative forms of medicine today but cupping therapy is employed most often and is even an accepted method of therapy among many of the world’s athletes, including gymnastics teams and Olympian athletes like Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps. The Cupping therapy has been found to help treat certain pain associated with deep scar tissue and connective tissue in the muscles as well as muscle knots and swelling.

A 2013 study evaluating the effect of Cupping on knee osteoarthritis found the therapy helped with management of the condition, relieving pain and stiffness. A 2010 review of 550 clinical studies, including 73 randomized controlled trials—which are considered the gold-standard study in the science community— concluded that the “majority of studies show potential benefit on pain conditions, herpes zoster and other diseases.”

Here are the main categories of ailments that Cupping therapy can help you with:

  • Relief from Paint such as Migraines
  • Promote Relaxation helping Depressions and Anxiety
  • Promote Healing from Injuries
  • Eczema and Acne
  • Better Digestion
  • Relief from Respiratory Issues
  • Detoxification


Cupping therapy has also been used to treat several other conditions including blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia, rheumatic diseases such as arthritis, fertility and other gynecological disorders, eczema, acne, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma, and varicose veins.

“Looks more gnarly than it feels, but over all I enjoyed the therapy. We only get one body, so we gotta take care of it.”
~ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson,
American Wrestler and Actor
cupping procedure

What can I expect from my cupping treatments at South Point Acupuncture?

Before any Cupping therapy session, the practitioner will discuss with the patient any concerns they may have as well as why they are receiving the cupping therapy. They will ask about the type of pain the patient experiences and where it is located so that they can put the cups in the most beneficial areas to help relieve some of the pain that they may be experiencing.

When the cups are applied to the skin, the patient may experience a tight or pulling feeling because the skin is being drawn into the cup. If this pulling sensation causes any pain, then it is advised that the patient notifies the practitioner so that the technique can be adjusted as needed to accommodate the patient.

After employing the Cupping method, it is common to find that small bruises or redness will remain on the treated areas of the body, most commonly the back. This is due to all the blood being forced to the surface of the skin.