cupping therapy

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is an ancient Chinese technique that activates the body’s natural healing mechanisms.  Many people use cupping to treat anxiety and other physical ailments by breaking up lactic acid, reducing muscle tension, and increasing circulation.

How does cupping therapy work?

Cupping therapy uses suction to help alleviate aches and pains. The suction loosens tight muscles and connective tissue, which can improve circulation and blood flow.

What does cupping therapy treat?

Many people use cupping therapies to relieve pain and some chronic health conditions. Cupping may also help with:

  • Back, neck, knee, and shoulder pain
  • Asthma
  • Detoxing
  • Clearing Congestion
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Aid digestion
  • and so much more!

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cupping discoloration

What are those circular discolorations people get from cupping therapy?

The discolorations that people often get as a result of cupping therapy is a result of the suction of the skin, facia, and muscle into the cup. They are painless, temporary, and usually disappear within 3-5 days. These discolorations are often used by the practitioner as a diagnostic tool.

Black or deep purple: indicates stagnant blood, which means the body has failed to clear an injury or illness efficiently.

Deep red: indicates heat stagnation

Light Red: moderate stagnation

Pink or no colouration: healthy muscle and blood stagnation

Formation of blister: edema

Pale white: Qi and Blood deficiency

Blue* very rare: Cold in meridians

Cupping can help the body to deal with these issues more effectively and promote health in that area.

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Ready to Feel Healthy?

Desiree ChesterHave you always been curious about cupping therapy?  Wondering if cupping therapy could help with your health concern?   Cupping therapy could alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, poor digestion or migraine headaches.   Don’t delay,  the time to take care of yourself is today!

Come & experience the benefits of cupping therapy for yourself.   Book an Appointment with our acupuncturist Desiree today.  Do you have questions about Acupuncture?  Contact Desiree directly by emailing her at

Written by: Desiree Chester, R.Ac