Cupping is a therapy in which a jar (cup) is attached to the surface of the skin using suction. This suction is caused by the introduction of a negative pressure using an ignited material to heat the air within the jar. As the air cools suction is created within the the cup, causing the patient’s skin to be pulled into it. This vacuum causes local congestion to be moved to the surface of the body. Moving blood and/or energy that may be stuck in a particular area of the body allows healing to occur. By moving what is stuck new energy and blood can flow in and heal. The jars can be stationary on a particular point, or slid in order to cover a larger area using a small amount of herbal oil. Most oils used also have healing qualities of their own. Stationary cups can be placed on the skin alone or over an acupuncture needle. Cups can be placed distally as well as on a local area with good results. Generally a cup is left on the skin for 10 min. and can cause a purple bruise like mark to remain, if the stagnation was caused by blood. These marks last a few days and leave no remaining signs afterwards. A quick cupping technique is used with elderly or deficient patients in order to achieve benefit without depleting the client of needed energy.

Pain in a particular area of the body and/or tight muscles is what cupping is used for most often. It can help with many other ailments as well. Varicose veins, boils, low back pain, shoulder or leg pain, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, and chronic coughs are just a few additional reasons for using cups. Chest congestion, from an acute situation like colds and flues to chronic asthma, gets great relief using this method.

Cupping is written about in ancient texts throughout the world. It is believed to have come from the orient originally. Cattle horn was the first cups written about and were used over much of cupping history. Cupping has been used as a folk remedy throughout Europe, North and South America, as well Africa and during recent history in most rural areas. This safe and effective adjunctive therapy is used when needed in our Coral Gables alternative medical practice.

Medicupping Vacutherapies

Massage compression tissue. Vacutherapies lift tissue.  This releases underlying stagnation and congestion in tissues and the circulatory systems in a method and traditional massage techniques cannot accomplish.  Integrating massage and vacutherapies provides a comprehensive treatment to rejuvenating or restoring tissues to function optimally.

Vacuum therapy in a pleasant, non-invasive treatment that creates a soothing suction using vacuum "cups" on the surface of the body that reaches deep into the tissues.  This movement releases restrictions, congestion and stagnation within the muscles, layers of skin and connective tissues to improve circulation, decrease inflammation, relieve deep muscular pain, increase range of motion, soften scar tissue and sedate nervous system.  A few of the conditions that respond well to vacutherapy include muscular aches, arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fascilitis, post op recovery, athelitic stress and injury, scars and adhensions, poor circulation and fibromyaligia.

Lympathic drainage is accomplished through a more gentle action of the vacuum in a precise pattern to promote drainage and improve lympathic circulation.

Face lifting and drainage is technique which opens and clears the drainage pathways in the head and neck and assists in relief of conditions such to sinusitis, migrane headaches and tension headaches.