Acupuncture Cupping Treatments
Robert Vena, New Jersey Acupuncturist for Cupping Therapy in Englewood NJ 07631
Robert Vena, L.Ac., MSTOM
New Jersery Acupuncturist
214 Engle Street Suite 23
Englewood, NJ 07631
How Cupping Therapy Can Improve Your Health
"Approximately one month ago, I awoke with a severe acute pain on my right side behind my hip. Previously, I had injured that spot in a Pilates class during one of my stretches.
It ached a bit but nothing like that morning! My sister had an acupuncture session with Rob the previous week and when she heard of my plight, she suggested I call him. I had never been to an acupuncturist before so I was a little apprehensive.
To my surprise, Rob’s professionalism, empathy and skill relieved my pain after one visit. The acupuncture procedure was virtually painless and he explained every step to me throughout the process. He is still following up with me to see how I am feeling.
I definitely recommend Rob to anyone seeking acupuncture and Chinese medicine services."
-Paula C, NYC
Many powerful forms of complementary medicine have originated in China and made it to the West in recent decades. Some catch on as a temporary fad, while others pass quickly into the realms of forgotten knowledge. One of the more recent additions to the Chinese imported medicine portfolio here in the West is known as cupping.
The History of Cupping
Cupping is referred to in modern times as an ancient Chinese form of medicine. However, that may not be strictly true. The versions of cupping found in use today certainly came from China, but the practice may not have originated there. The earliest known record of cupping is in a medicinal textbook from 3,500 years ago. References to cupping in this text mention it as an Egyptian practice. Throughout the centuries, virtually every culture has performed the practice.
What Exactly is Cupping?
At its most basic form, cupping is the application of suction using a cup, typically on the back. In ancient times, individual cups were made from horn, ivory or bamboo. In modern times, these cups may be used, but often newer cups made from glass or silicone are used instead.
Types of Cupping
The most basic type of cupping is known simply as dry cupping, and involves nothing more than cups and suction. Often times the cups have suction mechanisms built in, allowing the physician to apply them without the need of an external aid.
The second type of cupping is a variety of dry cupping called fire cupping. In this variety, fire is used to heat the interior of the cup in order to lower the density of the air inside. As the air cools, it creates a negative pressure, providing suction without the need for valves or pumps.
The third type of cupping is known as wet cupping. In this process, the cups are applied as usual and left for several minutes. They are then removed and a small scalpel is used to create superficial incisions in the swollen skin. This ritual bloodletting gives the treatment extra potency for the relief of low back pain and other ailments.
What is Cupping Used For?
Cupping treatments can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. It can minimize muscle and joint pains. It is often used to reduce stress and tension in the body. Some proponents include illnesses ranging from colds to constipation among the treated ailments.
Cupping treatments work by encouraging blood flow to the skin. Enhanced circulation helps the body fight off invading diseases. It also helps restore a certain youthful aspect to the skin and muscle tissue beneath.
Cupping treatments can also be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Light suction cupping is often found alongside therapeutic massages. Cupping used in conjunction with acupuncture forms a variation on the idea of wet cupping. Cupping followed by an Epsom salt bath works wonderfully as a natural relief of morning sickness.
The Risks of Cupping
When asking yourself what is cupping, you are probably wondering if there are any risks associated with the procedure. Thankfully, as a medical procedure, cupping has very few risks, and is a proven acupuncture remedy.
- Dry cupping leaves red marks on the affected skin, but these are rarely painful. Occasionally, strong suction leaves deeper bruises. Again, these are rarely painful, and they tend to last for only a short period of time.
- Fire cupping for low back pain and other conditions can, on very rare occasions, lead to minor burns. When this is the case, it is most likely because the technique is being performed by an untrained practitioner being incautious with their materials. However, cupping on its own is very safe.
- Wet cupping carries the risk of minor pain, due to the incisions made in the skin. Also, as with any procedure that breaks the skin, there is always a small chance of infection. However, as long as the practitioner cares for their equipment properly, this risk is minimal.
Cupping therapy should always be performed with caution on pregnant women, and should not be applied to areas of the low back, lower abdomen, or medial thigh areas in such cases. Cupping is also contraindicated in conditions of severe disease such as cardiac or renal failure, hemophilia, leukemia, etc. Please be sure to consult with your acupuncturist concerning any severe conditions with which you may be suffer prior to undergoing cupping therapy.
Contact Robert Vena, NJ Acupuncturist for Cupping Therapy
"Cupping can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. This acupuncture treatment works by encouraging blood flow to the skin. Enhanced circulation helps the body fight off invading diseases. It also helps restore a certain youthful aspect to the skin and muscle tissue beneath."
-Robert Vena, NJ Acupuncturist
- These cups all have some mechanism for providing suction. Old cups from Finland use a valve mechanism and manual air removal. Modern cups may include small manual pumps.
- Fire can also used, creating a pocket of hot air that, as it cools, provides suction. This practice is specifically known as fire cupping.
- Once the cup is applied and secured via suction, it is left in place for several minutes. The art and science of cupping comes from the positioning of the cups. Much like acupuncture, cupping targets specific meridians along the human body to elicit certain effects.
As one of the more recent revivals of ancient Chinese medicine here in the West, cupping is becoming a powerful source of treatment for a wide variety of ailments. It is a safe, useful, and often relaxing procedure with great effect. If you suffer from one of the many ailments that can be reduced or cured with cupping, it is well worth giving it a try.
Please contact me for an appointment, and see if cupping therapy in New Jersey is the best healing solution for you.
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Robert Vena, L.Ac., MSTOM
214 Engle Street Suite 23
Phone: (201) 357-0904