Ever Since Michael Phelps showed up in the Rio Olympics with circular bruises on his back, patient’s have been asking about Acupuncture Cupping. Actually Acupuncture Cupping has been around for a long time. San Lee, our acupuncturist has been doing it for the past 5 years in our office. What is this and why is it done? Acupuncture Cupping is a technique that uses small bamboo jars or glass cups as suction devices on the skin. This is to breakup and disperse stagnation and congestion by drawing up congested blood, energy and lymphatics to the surface. The new blood flow brings fresh nutrients and oxygen that repairs the damage or illness in the tissue. A boost in the lymph system works to better carry away toxins, and other waste, thus effectively cleansing the area. Cupping can be done as dry or wet. Dry is putting the cups directly on the skin.Once suction is created, the cups are moved over the skin by way of reverse massage therapy. Wet requires a small incision to draw blood. How are the cups are put on varies on the practitioner. He/She may choose to heat the cups before placing them on the specific trigger points so that suction is created in the cups. Or, they may opt to use contemporary cupping kits that include a suction device attached to the bottom of the cup. The pumps can be used to remove the air and create suction in the inverted cup. Benefits of Acupuncture cupping along with acupuncture needling has many benefits including: 1)Respiratory issues like bronchitis, flu symptoms, and pneumonia. 2) Anxiety and Depression. 3) Musculoskeletal pains or injuries. 4) Improved digestion 5) Improved skin health. 6) Increasing the function of the lymphatic system to help remove toxins. At Breakthrough Wellness Center, our acupuncturist does cupping for these and other ailments. Usually with great results. If you are interested in trying cupping or to see if your condition can be helped by it, give us a call. Of course the consultation is free.