May 2, 2017

Ever since Michael Phelps had those big reddish-purple circular suction marks on his back, the popularity of cupping has increased dramatically.  However, the understanding of what cupping and Gua Sha is, its uses, and contraindications are still not commonly known. 


Cupping has been around for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient China, Greek, and even Egypt, and is known by many different names all around the world.  There is even historical data that supports Hippocrates using cupping as a part of ‘humoral’ medicine.  Past generations used cupping as a way to balance the blood because imbalances led to sickness.  Many instruments were used for cupping, including horns, pottery, bronze, and even bamboo cups.  Uses include: treating cold, heat, and wind invasion, the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, tight connective tissue, scars, and adhesions, chronically tight muscles (deep tissue), and to open the channels in the body. 

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