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Cupping for Pain Relief and Vibrant Health

Cupping is a therapy that has been used for centuries both in the orient and in the west. Early written records date from 28 AD, and a traditional Chinese saying indicates "with acupuncture and cupping, more than half the ills are cured".

Cupping for Pain Relief and Vibrant Health in Santa BarbaraCupping possesses exceptional value in the treatment of specific ailments, which comes from the technique to purify blood and its ability to enhance the body’s circulatory system, the immune system,the integumentary system (skin), as well as other bodily systems. For the healthy individual cupping promises longevity through greater vitality and strength and it also serves to prevent illness. Short-term bruises can appear, specially if the patient is quite ill or has a lot of blood stagnation in the area. These can be valuable diagnostic tools. Blood taken from these bruises have been shown to have high acidity, low levels of calcium ions, as well as some bacteria and viruses not usually found under normally colored areas of the skin. Besides removing these toxins from the skin the treatment also breaks up old red blood cells (erythrocytes) allowing them to be removed by the spleen and replaced by fresh ones by the bone marrow. Lab findings have also shown a greater amount of wastes excreted in the urine following a cupping treatment.

The most essential and interesting benefit of cupping lies in its ability to freshen the blood, thus cleansing the body’s blood system, enlivening and healing the whole organism. Cupping is a powerful treatment for skin health and beauty.

When the body is in need of cleansing there are two basic approaches: Internally, by fasting or cleansing with herbs and diet, and externally by cupping. Improving circulation, the body’s circulatory system acts like a sewage system, removing wastes and debris from the body. Good circulation is essential to good health. Cupping cleanses away the cause of illness, stimulates the body’s own powers of healing and is excellent as a regular cleansing practice.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. Cupping is used to: drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles and stimulate the peripheral nervous system. Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.

Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), common cold, paralysis, menstrual disorders, allergies, skin disorders including skin cancer, heart disease, diabetes, rashes, migraines and chronic headaches, arthritis, joint pains, sport injuries, upper and lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee, ankle, and elbow sprain and strain, acute sprained ankle, hormonal disorders, kidney disease, animal bites, hypertension, fatigue and depression, weight gain.

Claudia usually combines cupping with massage and acupuncture ($85/1-hour session)

About the Author

Cupping and Ayurveda in Santa Barbara by Claudia Brachtl, L.AcClaudia Ward, L.Ac. is cofounder of The Prana Center, Santa Barbara's exclusive healing center for Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, offering authentic Ayurvedic bodywork, marma therapy, consultations, nutrition, acupuncture and Pancha Karma cleanses. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate of Acupuncture, Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and an Ayurvedic practitioner.

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