Types of Cupping Therapy
- Accupuncture cupping
Cupping can be used as a standalone massage treatment, but it can also be combined with acupuncture in one treatment. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). It pulls tension up, which can then be released by using acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves inserting very thin, sterile needles through the skin at strategic points on the body.Acupuncture is based on the concept of “qi,” which is the energy used to address pain and mobility problems. The practice is used to relieve pain, but more recently it has found a place in overall wellness promotion – including stress management.
- Hot needle cupping
Warm needle acupuncture is where moxa cones are placed on the handle of the needle, after the needle has been inserted. Once lit, heat transmits along the shaft of the needle to the acupuncture point.