Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a glass bulb is applied to the skin and the pressure in the bulb is reduced by suctioning out the air, leaving the skin and superficial muscle layer drawn into the cup. Cupping is often used to alleviate respiratory tract infections such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and pneumonia. Cupping is also an effective treatment for neuromuscular or muscularskeletal pain such as abdominal pain, neck and shoulder pain and back pain. Click on any of the green links provided to learn more about each ailment listed on this page.
Patients often experience immediate relief from pain symptoms, as well as restored energy following their cupping treatment. Popular with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, cupping is gaining rapid attention in the media as an effective, natural and safe treatment.
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