Cupping is commonly used therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Specially designed glass or plastic cups are placed on the surface of the skin and then heat or suction is used to create a vacuum within the cup, drawing the skin up into the cup. This mobilizes blood and stimulates energy flow. From a TCM point of view, cupping helps to remove excess and accumulated Yang, heat, and toxins from the superficial layers of muscle and skin. This can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Cupping therapy is traditionally used to treat muscle pain by dispersing stagnant energy and is also used to stimulate the elimination of toxins from the body through lymphatic stimulation. Although the cupping therapy practiced at Traditional Health Clinic is rooted in TCM, cupping therapy has been used in cultures all over the world, past and present. Cupping was used in both Ancient Egypt and Greece for centuries, and is used today in some parts of Europe.
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