Last week I spoke of the technique and application of Cupping Acupuncture. Yousan Lee, our Acupuncturist, does this technique at the office with patients. Today I want to speak of the benefits of Cupping acupuncture. We spoke of about how toxins/cell waste will stagnate in the muscles and joints. This causes a difficult time for the body to dispose of this waste and thus pain and discomfort ensue. This can occur for a number of reasons. Injuries, especially ones that don’t totally heal is a big reason. Poor circulation is another. Other reasons are: A chronic condition. Prolonged medication use whether prescribed or otherwise. A poor diet high in sugars and bad fats. Environmental Toxins (we live in New Jersey). Traumatic events in ones life. Stress and depression. All these events can be helped with Cupping acupuncture.
Our Kidneys and Liver can’t handle these attacks to the system. The toxins aren’t properly flushed out. They are eventually stored, usually in the muscles. The body deals with it at a later time. However the more it occurs the longer the body will take to discard it. This isn’t good keeping toxins in the body for so long. Enter Cupping acupuncture. The action (or vacuum effect) of cupping rapidly facilitates the release of hardened soft tissues. This stimulates the peripheral nervous system, loosens and lifts connective tissues and breaks up and drains stagnation. It also increases blood and lymphatic flow to skin, muscles, and connective tissues. Cupping draws stagnant blood and other fluids that has fallen out of healthy circulation up to skin the level and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area. The fact that skin is the body’s largest organ, it contains about 20% of your blood volume at any given time. The skin has an amazing network of capillaries that make it a highly efficient vehicle to transport all the stagnation that cupping pulls up into it. Cupping creates a space for oxygen, living cells, and nutrients needed for the healing process. The body’s capillary system at the skin level transfers the toxins to the liver and kidneys, where they can be metabolized and excreted. The effects of cupping acupuncture also include respiratory conditions, including asthma. Because of the detoxing effects, digestion is also helped greatly. A report published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine in 2015 noted that cupping was as an effective alternative method of treating acne, pain, facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, and herpes zoster. My next article will talk about cupping and how it relates to Sports. In the mean time, call Breakthrough Wellness Center for a consultation with Yousan to see if Cupping acupuncture is right for you.