What is cupping? 

Cupping is the application of suction, or negative pressure using cups of varying materials (glass, bamboo, bone, plastic) from which oxygen is removed by way of creating a vacuum. Cupping is an effective therapy that is deeply relaxing, does not hurt, and can be applied to many parts of the body.  

Originating from the shamanic sucking doctor tradition, cupping therapy is one of the oldest and most globally practiced healing therapies in human history. Though cupping remains popular throughout many regions of the world, this ancient modality and stand alone healing art was nearly lost in Western culture until very recently. Both of my grandmothers practiced cupping.

 

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Indications for Cupping 

Some of the issues that respond well to cupping:

sciatica, TMJ, persistent cough, frozen shoulder, sports injuries, poor circulation, impaired sinuses, lymphatic and respiratory congestion, facial tension, traumatic injuries, abdominal/digestive issues, inflammatory conditions, neuromuscular conditions, slow healing wounds, menstrual cramping, blocked creative energy, grief and sadness, stagnant chi, chronic pain, neck tension.

 

For more information about icta, visit the ICTA website:  www.cuppingtherapy.org