Fire Cupping is a medical procedure with immediate health benefits. Specialized glass cups are placed on acupuncture points along the back corresponding to the organ systems. The cups are then gently moved along the meridians, promoting blood flow and stimulating the release of toxins. This treatment is very relaxing and soothing.
As cupping brings some of those toxins to the surface, it will cause temporary marks. The marks will fade within 24 hours and typically disappear within three to four days, though in some cases they may linger for a week or two.
What are the benefits of Fire Cupping?
Loosens up your tight, sore muscles and fascia surrounding the muscle fibers
Increases the range of motion and flexibility of the area
Promotes the circulation of blood and interstitial fluids in your muscle and skin tissues, which is essential in maintaining your health and well being
Assists the liver in removing toxins from your body
Perfect for transitioning between seasons & maintaining wellness
Gua Sha is an East Asian Medicine treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. Gua means to rub or press-stroke. Sha is a term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue in areas where the patient may experience stiffness and pain. Sha is also the term for the small red dots (petechiae) that are raised from applying Gua Sha. When Gua press stroking is applied in repeated even strokes, Sha appears and the pain immediately shifts. In minutes the small red dots fade into a red flush. The Sha disappears totally in two to three days after treatment. The color of Sha and rate of fading can indicate important information about a patient’s condition. Pain relief lasts even after the Sha is completely gone.
Benefits of Gua Sha
The benefits are numerous. It resolves spasms and pain, and promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs, as seen in Gua Sha’s immediate effect on coughing and wheezing. Research has shown that Gua Sha causes a four-fold increase in microcirculation of surface tissue (Nielsen et al. 2007) and can reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system (Braun et al. 2011; Chan et al. 2011). Gua Sha upregulates heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1), that acts to reduce internal organ inflammation, for example, in cases of asthma, hepatitis and liver disease.
Immediate changes in stiffness and pain with increased mobility.
Moves stuck blood, promoting circulation of muscles, tissues, & organs.
Promotes immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility.
Helps your body regulate temperature, while relaxing tension and reducing anxiety.
Mimics sweating, helping to resolve fever.
Acupuncturists consider Gua Sha for any illness or condition where there is pain or discomfort, for upper respiratory and digestive problems, and any condition where palpation indicates there is Sha.
Post Treatment Care
After treatment, please keep the area protected from wind, cold and direct sun until the Sha fades. Patients are also encouraged to rest, drink plenty of water and eat moderately.