A holistic approach to pain, stress & more

A holistic approach to pain, stress & more

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is used for various purposes, promoting healing and wellness. It has been part of traditional medicine in several cultures and is used to address a range of conditions. Here are some of the primary uses:

  1. Pain Relief: Cupping is commonly used to alleviate various types of pain, including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, headaches, and migraines. The therapy is believed to increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation, thus helping to relieve pain.
  2. Muscle Relaxation: Similar to a deep-tissue massage, cupping can help relax tense muscles and reduce muscle knots. Athletes sometimes use cupping as part of their recovery routine to relieve muscle soreness after intense training or competition.
  3. Stress and Anxiety Reduction: By promoting deep relaxation and relieving tension, cupping can help manage stress, anxiety and even help improve sleep quality.
  4. Respiratory Issues: Cupping therapy is also used to help with respiratory issues such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It works by moving Qi and blood within the body, which Traditional Chinese Medicine associates with improved respiratory function.
  5. Digestive Disorders: Issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), frequent stomach pains, diarrhea, and chronic gastritis have been treated with cupping.
  6. Skin Conditions: Some people use cupping for conditions such as acne, eczema, or even cellulite, as it’s believed to increase blood flow and promote healing in the skin layers.
  7. Detoxification: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is often used to remove toxins from the body. Wet cupping, in particular, is believed to help in this respect.


Cupping therapy can be an excellent adjunct to traditional medical treatments, providing a holistic approach to health and well-being. The keys to successful cupping therapy are consulting with a healthcare professional and receiving treatments from a qualified practitioner. The promise of enhanced wellness through this age-old practice continues to resonate with many, making it a significant part of the repertoire of holistic health.


About the author: Michelle Whittaker (LAc), is a Licensed Acupuncturist and founder of D’vida Injury Clinic & Wellness Center.

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