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Cupping therapy is a part of Chinese Medicine, effective for treating pain, stress and depression. Cupping is also very effective as detox treatment. Cupping is especially powerful when combined with massage or acupuncture.

AcuMedic cupping therapy treatment is performed by a fully qualified CMIR-registered doctor with extensive Western medical training.

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Our cupping therapy includes:
  • A full Chinese medical diagnosis with personalised lifestyle advice.
  • A session of cupping therapy.

Cupping therapy can be effectively used to stimulate movement of blood, lymph fluids and the essential Qi energy in the body. Since many types of illness, stress and pain are caused by blockages or stagnation in the circulation of these fluids and Qi, cupping therapy often becomes an essential part of the treatment programme. For example, cupping therapy is used to treat all kinds of muscle pain, stress, and to help clear congestion after a cold or flu.

+ How it works

Chinese medicine believes that illness, stress and pain can be caused by a blockage or stagnation of blood, lymph fluids and vital energy (known as Qi). So for example, back pain may be caused by bad posture which means that your Qi energy and fluids can’t flow properly through that area and begin to stagnate. Cupping is used to stimulate movement of these fluids and Qi, to get your body back on track.

Cupping has been practised for thousands of years and is being practised around the world since its origins 5,000 years go in China. Usually it is combined with Chinese Tuina massage and acupuncture as part of Chinese medicine. The cupping therapy consists of creating a vacuum in several glass cups and applying them to the skin. This causes a suction sensation which stimulates energy and blood flow and can draw out toxins and activate the lymphatic system. Cupping is used for the relief of pain, stress, detox and weight control.

Cupping therapy involves placing cups on the relevant part of the body with the aim to create a vacuum inside each cup. The vacuum causes a suction sensation which stimulates the flows of Qi and body fluids. The improved flows can drive toxins out of the body and unblock stagnation, hence immediate relief of pain and stress.

To find out more read our brief Introduction to Chinese Medicine.

+ What to expect

A fully qualified CMIR-registered AcuMedic doctor will carry out a full Chinese Medical diagnosis and will talk to you to learn about your symptoms and conditions. The AcuMedic doctor will explain to you how cupping therapy will work to alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall health. If you are aiming to detox then the doctor will explain how the cupping therapy will help you to achieve that.

+ Diagnosis and Consultation

There are four main diagnostic methods in Chinese Medicine which are observing, pulse diagnosis, questioning and listening. Each method has a unique function in the process of collecting different clinical information. Therefore all four diagnostic methods must be used to make an accurate diagnosis of your health and individualise the cupping treatment according to your unique needs.

Observing involves looking at all the outward manifestations of your internal health. This is done by observing your general vitality, complexion, figure and skin. One of the most well known parts of observing is tongue diagnosis. The tongue is like a mirror showing the state of your internal organs. The AcuMedic doctor will be able to judge the condition of your essential energy (Qi), identify the location of the affected parts inside your body, determine what is exactly is wrong and identify how the disease might progress just from looking at your tongue.

There are over 50 different pulse types and the AcuMedic doctor will take your pulse on both wrists to determine which pulse type you have. Your pulse is identified in terms of depth, speed, strength, shape and rhythm. Your pulse is an indicator of how Qi and blood are moving around your body, therefore how well your internal organs are functioning. From your pulse the doctor can determine a great deal about your physical and emotional condition and precisely how cupping therapy can help you.

The doctor will ask you a huge variety of questions to learn about your symptoms and general lifestyle. It may seem like some of these questions are odd, but it all goes towards building a complete picture of you and your health. No matter how trivial something might seem to you, tell your doctor. No symptom that you have is unrelated or unimportant to your diagnosis. It is also very useful for your doctor to see the results of any medical tests you have had so make sure you bring them along to your first consultation and whenever you get new results through.

Once the doctor has finished diagnosing you, they will tell you about your particular Chinese Medical syndrome. These syndromes often have funny sounding names, like Liver Qi Stagnation or Kidney Yin Deficiency, but do not let that put you off. They will accurately explain why you have the symptoms you have and therefore how cupping therapy will be used to help you.

The AcuMedic doctor will then suggest a cupping therapy plan to return you to good health. Based on the diagnosis, the doctor might also advise on how acupuncture or Tuina massage (Chinese medicinal massage) can help you to reach optimal health.

If the doctor feels that you should take some Chinese herbs in addition to your cupping therapy then a prescription will be written for you. This is charged separately to your treatment. The prescription may be in the form of raw Chinese herbs or herbal extract capsules which are assembled and dispensed by our expert dispensary on our premises.

Chinese herbs will work to provide the essential nutrition the body needs to overcome any physical, mental or emotional imbalances.

+ Treatment

After consultation you will be asked to remove some items of clothing and lie down on the treatment bed. The doctor will prepare several cups by warming them up and will then place them on the area of your body (the back, stomach or arms and legs) where the relevant acupuncture points are located. The cups will be left in place for 5-15 minutes depending on the condition you are being treated for. Cupping therapy is relatively painless but you will feel a strong pulling and sucking sensation.

+ After the Treatment

After the treatment you should feel an improvement in your overall health in addition to a relief in any physical pain you might have had prior to your cupping treatment. Your body should feel lighter and your mind clearer. You should be very careful to keep the area warm and avoid cold water touching the cupping marks for a few days after the treatment because your body can be vulnerable to cold after cupping.

Please note that cupping therapy usually leaves painless bruise-like marks on the skin which disappear within a couple of weeks. These marks are not bruises from impact but an indicator of blood stasis and the amount of toxins accumulated inside your body before being drawn out to the surface by the cupping therapy. The darker the marks the more essential it was for cupping to be used there, after repeated cupping sessions you will notice the marks reducing in darkness. It is required that all patients sign a waiver form acknowledging these marks before we can provide the cupping therapy.To find out more about being a patient at AcuMedic please take a look at the

To find out more about being a patient at AcuMedic please take a look at the AcuMedic Patient Handbook.


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I had treatment massage, acupuncture and cupping at AcuMedic for many broken bones and pain. I felt a real benefit from the treatment. - Ms. A. D. read more

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