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Cupping is one of the oldest modalities in Eastern Medicine. It applies heat vacuumed jars to specific areas on the body. Cupping therapy works by creating a negative pressure or a vacuum in the cup that effectively draws the skin and muscle into it. This is believed to open up the skin’s pores and helps to stimulate circulation, balance and realign the flow of qi, clear blockage, and create a pathway for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Cupping effectively relieves a number of concerns, including:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • bronchitis
  • cold symptoms
  • congestion
  • coughs
  • fibromyalgia
  • gastrointestinal disorders 
  • muscle spasms
  • neck pain
  • physical pain
  • respiratory disorders
  •  shoulder pain

While cupping is considered relatively safe it can cause swelling and bruising on the skin. These bruises are usually painless and disappear within a few days of treatment. There are, however, several instances where cupping should not be performed, including patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; patients who bleed easily; and patients suffering from hemostasis are not suitable candidates for cupping.

If you have additional questions about Chinese Medicine or Cupping Treatments, give Bradenton Community Acupuncture a call today!

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The central tenet behind Traditional Chinese Medicine is that each person should be treated as a whole. This approach of “whole body healing” dates back to 3000 BC, and includes such treatments as Acupuncture and tailored Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a vital component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is based on over 5,000 years practice. Unlike Western Medicine or even over-the-counter herbs, these formulas are specially mixed for each individual and are often modified as the healing process progresses. The herbs used by Bradenton Community Acupuncture are 100% natural and free from any preservatives. Each formula usually contains a number of herbs: A “principal” herb (or combination of herbs) addresses the root of the problem; “Minister” herbs enhance the effects of the principal herbs; “adjunct” herbs make the formula less harsh; “Neutralizer” herbs are often added to help the herbs work together.

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