Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham tried cupping, now you can too.. In Nairobi!

Posted on April 15th, 2011
Categories: News

Do you remember the photos of Gwyneth and Victoria’s backs covered in dots a few years ago?   Aromatics Spa have added this amazing treatment to their list.    To know more about this popular detox treatment read on.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cupping

By Sapna Tailor Bsc(Hons) TCM Acupuncture

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that is utilised by many Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners to treat many illnesses of the body. The technique is said to influence the flow of both Qi (Life force/energy) and Blood throughout the body and through the meridians.

Originally called “horn method”, hollowed animal horns were suctioned onto the skin to dispel pus and infection. As Chinese medicine evolved other cupping materials such as bamboo and clay jars were used, more recently glass jars and suction devices have been used for the same purpose. Newer, improved plastic cups have suction devices built into them, making them safer and easier to handle.

This very simple method can be utilized for a broad range of conditions with excellent therapeutic effects.

How does it work?

Placing suctioned cups on the skin draws up underlying tissues, stimulates micro blood circulation and creates a local congestion. This opens up the Meridians; flow of Qi and Blood is promoted.

The cupping technique also causes a small inflammatory affect that activates the chemical mediators of inflammation. Also stimulates the release of toxins from the tissues in the body, Lymphatic drainage is enhanced and any blockages are cleared.

Cups suctioned onto the skin and moved across the surface also create a massaging effect that is felt deep into the underlying tissues. It is an excellent method to break down scar tissue, smooth stretch marks and clear broken capillaries.

The Treatment

A therapist may use either glass cupping (fire-cupping) where glass cups are suctioned onto the skin  using an ignited cotton ball soaked in alcohol to create a vacuum or plastic cups with in-built suction devices. The method used is dependent upon the practitioner choice and the condition being treated.

Stationary cupping involves suctioning several cups on affected areas, which are maintained for 10 to 20 minutes. “Gliding cupping” slides the cup over certain areas and is used most effectively for sore and spasmed muscles. This technique takes only several minutes and is easily incorporated into an acupuncture or massage therapy treatment. Local congestion and swelling from sprains and strains are released using a form of bleeding and cupping. The injured area is pricked with a needle, whereupon a cup is suctioned to draw out the heat in the blood, the toxins and fluids.

After the cupping treatment there is usually a bruise at the local area. The discoloration can run from deep redness of the skin, (usually dissipates in a few hours) to actual purplish bruising which fades within 3 to 4 days.

The procedure is generally painless, although sometimes an intense pulling sensation can be felt.  The pressure is regulated for maximized comfort.

Some Conditions that can be treated by Cupping therapy

Abdominal Pain, anaemia, back pain, common cold and influenza, skin complaints, varicose veins, sprains, strains, edema, cellulite, arthritis, inflammation, scars and stretch marks, spasms/sore muscles, joint pain, cough/asthma.

Chinese medicinal cupping has gained popularity in the last decade, and is used frequently by many alternative health practitioners. It is a Safe, effective Non-invasive method that has many benefits.

Aromatics Spa are located at 101 Manyani East Rd, Off James Gichuru Rd, Lavington.

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