One Girl, Two Cups – Chinese Medicine Cups That is!

//One Girl, Two Cups – Chinese Medicine Cups That is!
Kristen Ma cupping

Yes, that’s my skin being sucked up – don’t worry it doesn’t hurt!

I love cupping.  For anyone who doesn’t know what cupping is, its a Chinese Medicine treatment in which glass cups are made into suction cups as fire is applied to the air within them.  These suctions are placed on our fleshy parts – most popularly the back. This draws up impure blood, promotes the circulation of fresh blood, clears heat and stagnation as well as opens our channels. Its amazing for muscle pain too as it draws toxins and turbid fluid away from compromised muscle. I promise, it does not hurt.

DIY Cupping

As an esthetician, I’m all about the DIY – so I thought, how hard could cupping be?  Obviously I won’t be playing with flames but I can try one of the easy-to-use plastic pump cupping sets.  These use compression to pump out air once a cup has been place on the area you want to treat.

Originally, I bought my cupping set (avail from Chinese Medicine vendors – mine was only $15) for my face.  I had heard that you can cup pigmented spots and that this helps to fade them.  But for some reason the small cup that came with my set isn’t working – only the large one.  I did give a big cup a whirl on my face, which made it go a little too red on too big of an area for comfort.

The cupping kit/ set

The cupping kit/ set

The Benefits

Since I also get terrible shoulder pain, I figured that there was no use to let this set go to waste.  I’ve been using my cups on my back and shoulders and letting the suctions work their magic while studying or working.  Did I mention I love multitasking?  And saving money?  While I love seeing an acupuncturist who would do cupping on me, this option means I save money on treatments as well as time (maybe more valuable even).  I find it almost as good, though I’m not as relaxed while doing it.  But this way, I can treat myself daily even!

Cellulite

This also gives me flexibility to play around – I’m going to start trying it out on my legs and seeing if it treats cellulite.  I have heard about bellabaci cups for cellulite, which I think are basically the same thing as TCM cupping.  Its makes sense as its moves water-retention and stimulates blood flow.

What do you think?  Have you ever tried cupping? And if so, would you try this at-home alternative?

Traditional Chinese Medicine called “cupping” in which glass cups are made into suction cups as fire is applied to the air within them, and these suctions are placed on our fleshy parts – most popularly the back. This draws up impure blood, promotes the circulation of fresh blood, clears heat and stagnation as well as opens our channels. Its also good for pain relief as it draws toxins and turbid fluid away from the muscle area. – See more at: http://holisticvanity.ca/cupping-battle-me-vs-gwyneth-paltrow/#sthash.YedljWxc.dpuf
Traditional Chinese Medicine called “cupping” in which glass cups are made into suction cups as fire is applied to the air within them, and these suctions are placed on our fleshy parts – most popularly the back. This draws up impure blood, promotes the circulation of fresh blood, clears heat and stagnation as well as opens our channels. Its also good for pain relief as it draws toxins and turbid fluid away from the muscle area. – See more at: http://holisticvanity.ca/cupping-battle-me-vs-gwyneth-paltrow/#sthash.YedljWxc.dpuf
2017-05-01T16:39:52+00:00 By |Circulation|4 Comments

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  1. ellen January 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Kristen! I am wondering if you could recommend any places in Toronto that offer this service. I am really intrigued and have been reading about stagnation in relation to cysts. Have you ever heard of anyone using cupping in this context?

    • kristen January 31, 2014 at 5:53 am - Reply

      Yes! There is a place in China town called “Tuina” – it takes walk-ins and is clean – also everyone speaks great English, which is a bonus! You can find them on yelp for reviews etc. Also, at Yonge and Eglinton, Dr. Wu is great – if that is in your hood I can send you her contacts. Lastly, my TCM teacher, Dr. Yan does house calls – I can also give you his contact if you would like to set that up. He is a bit pricier though at around $80-90 per session.

      • ellen January 31, 2014 at 7:12 am - Reply

        Thanks for all of this great information!

        • kristen January 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

          No problem!

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