Cupping Specialist

Annandale Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Annandale, VA

Cupping is a modern therapy that can potentially help with conditions such as pain, inflammation, and migraines. The team at Annandale Primary Care in Annandale, Virginia, is experienced in this technique rooted in ancient Chinese medicine. For a consultation to see if cupping may be right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Cupping Q & A

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy is an ancient, alternative medicine technique that uses specialized cups to create suction on the surface of the skin. The air inside the cup is typically heated, and then the cup is placed upside down on the skin.

This creates a natural vacuum, which pulls the skin inside the cup as the air cools down. In some cases, a pump may be used to create a vacuum, rather than hot air. Anywhere from 3-7 cups may be used, depending on the purpose of the treatment.

This technique increases circulation in the treatment area, which may decrease inflammation, reduce pain, and promote healing. According to Chinese-medicine, cupping can help to balance the body’s qi or chi — the natural flow energy.

What are different types of cupping?

There are two main types of cupping. These both use hot air, created by burning herbs or alcohol, to create a natural suction when the cup is placed on the skin.

  • Dry cupping: uses only suction for therapy and stays in place about 5-10 minutes
  • Wet cupping: suction is used for about 3 minutes, then small incisions are made on the surface of the skin, which draws out blood and toxins.

Redness and bruising are normal after the cups are removed. This usually resolves within 10 days or so. To prevent infection, an antibiotic cream and bandage are applied while your skin is healing.

What conditions may be helped with cupping?

Cupping can help a variety of health conditions. The technique is especially helpful when combined with other treatments, including acupuncture and medications.

Conditions that may benefit from cupping therapy include:

  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Acne or eczema
  • Facial paralysis
  • Inflammatory disease
  • Migraines
  • Coughing and difficulty breathing

Cups are usually placed on the back, stomach, arms, and legs. They’re placed strategically depending on the condition being treated. Your cupping therapy specialist is experienced in knowing how to use this method to benefit your overall health in the best way possible.

If you’d like to discuss if cupping therapy may be right for you, call the office or book an appointment online with Annandale Primary Care today.