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Cupping Therapy


What is cupping?


Cupping therapy comes from ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilisations. Although thought to be some 3,000 years old, the first actual mention of cupping is in the Ebers Papyrus, the oldest medical book in the world dating back to 1,500 years BC.  Cupping is a kind of vacuum therapy where a small cup is placed onto the surface of the skin. The suction effect elevates tissue and muscles upwards. Cupping is most commonly used as a part of the whole TCM treatment in conjunction with acupuncture.


What can cupping be used for?

  • Increase blood circulation and to treat blood disorders such as anaemia and haemophilia

  • Reduce pain and inflammation, remove toxins throughout the body, thus good forrheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia

  • Treat fertility and gynaecological disorders, regulate and balance hormones, stimulate ovulation in women

  • Stimulate bowel movements

  • Treat skin problems such as eczema and acne

  • Alleviate migraine, high blood pressure (hypertension), anxiety and depression

  • Relieve bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma

  • Improve the immune system in general by promoting mental and physical relaxation and well-being.


Cupping may cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. These bruises are usually painless and disappear within a few days after treatment.

_A Chinese medicine cupping of the young
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