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Cupping is traditional Chinese medicine, akin to acupuncture and natural herbs. Although cupping’s lesser-known, it’s in the same collection of treatments. Nevertheless, the more than 3,000-year old treatment is winning the hearts and minds of Canadians trying it everywhere.

Cupping, in its infancy, was based off beliefs that cupping could eliminate illnesses and health conditions by “sucking” them out of the body. In the past seven decades however, things have changed on that. Cupping’s been used strategically and successfully as a therapy since the 1950s in hospitals in China. These days, you’ll find cupping used by celebrities young and established, such as athletes like Michael Phelps, Academy Award-winning actresses Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, and more. Although it’s easy to criticize, these people and others are seeing significant benefits. The results speak for themselves.

What are the benefits of cupping?


Cupping has not been thoroughly studied but it has been studied a little bit and has been recommended for patients suffering from a range of illnesses. Athletes commonly use it to speed up muscle recovery. Chronic pain patients use it to reduce the intensity of their pain. There are also many short-term health benefits worth exploring for some. To some degree, cupping’s the opposite of a massage in the sense that a massage presses down tissue while cupping suctions upwards. They very much produce a similar level of relaxation. If one views pain as stagnation in the body, as the Chinese do, cupping therapy may help.

There are many studies suggesting cupping, especially combined with acupuncture, can help relieve back and neck pain albeit temporary, relax stiff muscles, reduce anxiety, improve on fatigue, reduce migraines and headaches, address rheumatism, and even potentially help reducing the appearance of cellulite. It’s even been used to help increase metabolism and improve weight loss. 

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Some of the other benefits of cupping and conditions it can be used to help treat include congestion and asthma, other respiratory conditions, to detoxify the skin and circulatory system, to improve blood flow, to reduce muscle spasms, to relieve constipation, to increase appetite, and to help strengthen the digestive system. A 2015 article in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine suggests cupping was good for acne, facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, and even herpes.

Cupping is still being studied and so, it is unclear on whether there are other conditions it could apply to and/or how often it may work on patients. For some, surely, cupping may not do much. The same can be said for pharmaceutical medications, however. That said, if you’re struggling with any of the conditions mentioned, cupping is worth a try. You just might see a change in health, and if it’s a big change, you’ll be grateful you did it. Try your first cupping session today at

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