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What is Cupping Therapy?

Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston caused quite a media frenzy when she stepped out onto the red carpet bearing the marks of an ancient healing technique. Many were curious if she was a victim of a burning injury or has been physically abused by someone

For people who know a thing or two about cupping treatment, the marks were a confirmation that Miss Aniston firmly believes in the healing efficacy of cupping therapy. This modality is a three millennia-old procedure that is still leaving its mark in Modern Western medicine today.

What can one expect from a cupping therapy? These days, the treatment mainly uses glass cups although about three thousand years ago, bamboo wood and animal horns were used. In fact, during that time, the ancient Chinese referred to cupping as ‘horning’.

To decrease the pressure inside the cups, they are traditionally heated with fire and alcohol on the inside then applied onto the skin. The skin is suctioned towards the cup as the cup cools down.

A pump action is cupping therapy’s newest innovation which does away with the dangerous fire. It is also a more precise way of measuring the force of suction and obviously, takes out the risk of burning.

Cupping is used by Japanese shiatsu therapists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. They apply the cups onto different areas of the body where meridian channels lie underneath. These meridians are the same channels used in acupuncture treatment. In the back, practitioners usually target five meridians particularly the one associated with the bladder system.

The ankles, legs, and hands can also be cupped since they have meridian channels that can be targeted to treat certain types of illnesses.

Practitioners often use cupping when they determine cold energy residing in the meridian channels of the patient. Cupping generates warmth that stimulates the skin. Suction moves blood to the affected areas promoting localized healing. The chi is warmed and starts to flow freely down the meridians.

Cupping therapy has the power to treat several disorders and diseases. The earliest writings from ancient China that first mentioned cupping discussed its use in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Nowadays, practitioners still use cupping to treat respiratory disease and other health conditions such as lymphatic obstructions, dizziness, headaches, gynecological conditions, and digestive disorders. Cupping can also help treat the common cold as well as soft tissue injuries and insomnia.

Cupping causes bruises that only last for two days and are not painful. If you desire to try out this therapy for yourself, it’s very important to seek treatment from a trained practitioner who can tell you where you need a bit of extra energy and where you don’t.

During ancient times, the Chinese and Japanese cultures were not the only ones to exclusively use cupping for various therapeutic reasons. The Arabs were also practicing this therapy at those times, which they called Al-hijamah. Now that it has been introduced by Hollywood stars and recently by US Olympic athletes, it will probably be now used by millions of people over the world.

So, the next time you see Jennifer walking on the red carpet covered in bruises, you know that she wasn’t just physically attacked by someone or anything like that. She just invested a little of effort and time into her health.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

Get Rid Of Halitosis (Bad Breath) Once And For All With Acupuncture

Perhaps the most unorthodox way to cure halitosis (bad breath) is through acupuncture in Cleveland. This is the practice of using very slender needles stuck into the skin in strategic points to hinder certain nerves to alter the flow of Chi. This Chi is thought to be the life energy that flows through our bodies to give us the power to feel, work, move, and think.

For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been used by countless number of people to help restore or upgrade their health and wellbeing. The approach used by Chinese medicine is a whole lot different than the one used by the West. According to Chinese medicine, the mind, body, and spirit is all connected through Chi. One of the most important tenets of Chinese medicine is the theory of Yin and Yang, specifically, the balance of Yin and Yang. Good health is engendered and more importantly, life is born between the balanced interaction of Yin and Yang. When this balance is off, the whole body suffers from ill-health and pain. In Chinese medicine health and balance go hand in hand.

In Chinese medicine theory, a hot stomach is the cause of bad breath. This literally means that the stomach carries excess heat leading to problems such as frontal lobe headaches, mouth ulcers, gum swelling and disease, and bad breath. Too much heat in the stomach can be caused by various factors that can include eating food that has spoiled, stomach flu, an unhealthy diet, very high levels of stress and many others. Excess heat in the stomach is a common condition and most people are unaware that they have it. When symptoms arise, they just seem to tolerate it or sometimes take antacids for relief. Since antacids merely mask the symptoms and do not really address the underlying problem (excess heat in the stomach), the symptoms will often return. With acupuncture treatment, not only are the symptoms allayed but the root of the problem is removed curing your problem for good.

Having been practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture has evolved to be the extremely versatile and effective treatment that it is now. Acupuncture restores balance to your Yin and Yang that in turn helps restore the wellbeing and health of your body. In turn, this allows your stomach to return to its normal temperature level, which leads to the cure of your halitosis. But in order to get guaranteed results, you need to seek treatment from a licensed and qualified acupuncturist. You may be able to find one near your area by going online and searching for the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) website. You can also talk to your doctor for referrals or from friends and family who have successfully sought acupuncture treatment for your halitosis problem.

Usually, people are scared of needles and most of us don’t find the idea of having needles stuck into our bodies that appealing. However, there are less invasive acupuncture procedures that are now available. Talk to your acupuncturist about them and get cured of your bad breath once and for all.

A Few Commonly Asked Questions About Acupressure Induction Therapy

Acupressure induction therapy is especially useful for pregnant women who are beyond their due date. These women would rather choose having a natural induction at home than go to a hospital and have the induction performed there. Fortunately, with acupressure, they can have their wish fulfilled.

Usually, after getting maternity acupressure, they will start experiencing labor within 48 hours or less.

Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding acupressure induction therapy and their corresponding answers.

Question: Do women experience less labor pain when they get acupressure induction therapy?

Answer: Yes, acupressure induction therapy provides a woman relief from her labor pain without the likelihood of stopping contractions.

Question: Is acupressure induction therapy difficult to perform?

Answer: No, this method is very easy to perform. You only need to apply light to medium pressure on certain pressure points on the body that immediately helps you go into labor naturally.

Question: Can acupressure induction therapy speed up labor?

Answer: Yes, compared to your average delivery time, the labor process is a couple of hours faster with acupressure induction therapy.

The fact that acupressure has been continuously used by countless numbers of people for thousands of years bears witness that it really works.

Your doctor might recommend induction for you at the hospital for the following reasons:

• Your water breaks and labor has not begun
• Lack of growth of the baby
• Infection
• Diabetes

You can also undergo acupressure induction therapy, once on-time normal labor has began, which can make the labor much shorter and much easier.

If you have an overdue pregnancy, we highly recommend getting acupressure induction therapy so that your labor can easily commence.

Mark Whalen is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist and the founder of Five Points Acupuncture and Wellness in Reading, MA.

A Chinese Therapy Drink That Can Help Treat Excessive Cold Imbalances

A hot drink from Chinese nutritional therapy is a natural and simple food that can mobilize sluggish vital energy (Qi) and dispel excessive “cold” imbalances. If you are sensitive or allergic to any of this drink’s ingredients, then you should obviously avoid it.

This recipe can be adjusted to your needs and taste and is very easy to make. It is warming and soothing and being quite “yang,” will assist a person who has too much yin or feels cold. For those suffering from chronic dryness or chronic constipation, this recipe is also not for you. This tonic drink is also believed to be useful for women seeking relief from menstrual cramps and for people recovering from a bout of food poisoning. It is ideally drunk in cold weather when someone is exposed to too much air conditioning, or feels unusually cold.

Here’s the recipe: one to two tablespoons of chopped peeled ginger root, two cups of hot water, 1/8 teaspoon or a pinch of cayenne powder, and juice of half a lemon. If you need to sweeten this drink, you can use stevia powder, cinnamon, or brown sugar. You may also add herbal, decaf or regular tea. Rooibus works quite nicely as do chamomile tea. These ingredients are all mixed together and allowed to steep for three to five minutes. Strain, and sip it as hot as possible. Once it’s made, you can modify the ingredients to your liking. It should make you feel good and warm you up – like the warmth that you get when drinking alcohol but without its toxicity and addiction.

The “yin” properties of lemon, in Chinese herbology, helps balance the very “yang” ingredients. Lemon can also help move stagnant liver qi and is a “detoxifying” ingredient. For the health of the digestive and respiratory systems, ginger is an ideal food to use. It can also be a good treatment for motion sickness and nausea and can rev up the immune system, open up skin pores, expel cold, soothe cramps, alleviate irritable bowel syndrome, soothe upset digestion, and warm the body. Cut back eating ginger if you suffer from constipation. Cayenne is believed to help tonify the abdomen and boost circulation, and is good for the heart. Capsaicin is believed to help uplift a person’s mood, relieve pain and like ginger, is very warming. Replace with cinnamon if you happen to be sensitive to cayenne. It is important that you use 100 percent real cinnamon. The FDA allows a very similar bark to be labeled as cinnamon and it is what most groceries carry. This bark is a close relative of cinnamon.

Brown sugar, in Chinese medicine, is known to bring the benefits of the herbs to the heart and carries out the benefits of the herbs. Use powdered stevia or cinnamon sticks as sweetener if you are overweight or have hypoglycemia or diabetes. Cinnamon has the ability to help lower blood sugar levels. Stevia tastes a bit similar to the poisons aspartame or saccharin, but is a safe 100 percent chemical-free and natural sweetener. It is ideal for a low-carb diet.

You can enjoy this hot tonic with or without meals. May you feel happy, comfortable, and warm!

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Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322

A Brief History Of Cupping Therapy

Over time, Cupping therapy has slowly evolved from its original use of hollowed out animal horns to cure skin lesions and draw off toxins out of snakebites. Bamboo cups that replaced animal horns were then eventually superseded by glass. With the nuanced evolution of the cup itself saw the development of new therapeutic applications as well as new cultures that made use of cupping as a form of healing procedure. Interestingly, no one knows how cupping really came about.

The use of this therapy was expanded by the Chinese who included its use in surgery to rechannel the flow of blood away from the site of the surgery. Eventually, it developed into a therapy of its own, with its own specialized practitioners capable of treating a wide range of conditions. Written documents dating as far back as 28 AD, as well as a traditional Chinese saying suggested that cupping and acupuncture “cure more than half of illnesses.” Practitioners have noticed that cupping eliminates stagnation of Chi (life energy) and Blood, as well as outside pathogenic elements that infiltrate a weakened body. In Chinese medicine, a body that’s depleted is usually the result of depleted original essence or “Jing”. This state of health usually leads to a weakened immune system or “Wei Chi” (defense).

An ancient medicine text created by the Egyptians discussed cupping’s usefulness for health problems like a poor appetite, menstruation problems, vertigo, pain, and fever and the therapy’s ability to quicken the healing process of the body. The Greeks inherited the technique from the Egyptians and eventually it spread to the Americas and in many ancient European cultures.

In the 1800’s cupping was widely practiced by American and European doctors. In the 19th century, research papers were written by Chinese and Soviet researchers who collaborated to validate the clinical efficacy of this therapy. In all hospitals in China, cupping became an official form of treatment.

A new form of cupping therapy known as breast cupping evolved and it became a common type of treatment for lactation dysfunctions and inflamed breasts. It even helped inspire the creation of the breast pump. The 20th century saw the decline in the use of cupping as new machines, drugs, and technology came into use. To create a suction effect, new cupping sets that used mechanical pumps were introduced. Well into the 1940’s, most of these sets were mostly manufactured by medical supply companies.

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12301 Taft St #200
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: (954) 880-0090