Cupping is a method in which small glass jars are placed on the skin and a vacuum is created. We use them alone or in combination with Acupuncture to treat various conditions such as cold hands and feet and asthma.
The function of cupping is to promote the free flow of Qi and Blood in the meridians. Cupping reduces pain and swelling, expels cold and dampness from the channels, treats the flu as well as asthma.
This traditional Chinese therapy is pronounced gwahshah, the Chinese word for scraping. Gua sha is the practice of scraping the skin using a special gua sha tool. The purpose of gua sha in Traditional Chinese Medicine is to ensure the “QI” or energy flow freely and not blocked, so as to relieve pain and tension.
This scraping action may cause light bruising, which often appears as purple skin colouration as stagnant blood is brought to the surface. Gua sha is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain. It can also be used on the upper back for colds and flu to bring pathogens to the surface and releasing them so that the patient recovers more quickly.