Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment where very fine needles are inserted into the body at specified acupuncture points. The needles are inserted over meridians that are energy channels, which circulate energy throughout the body. Acupuncture therapy clears the channels of any obstructions and relieves pressure that causes pain and illness. Common ailments are treated quickly and effectively with acupuncture, and the therapy can reduce tension, ease backache, sciatica, arthritis, migraine, and cramps, as well as rid the body of many diseases.Fire cupping therapy is a component of Chinese medicine that is used in combination with acupuncture, which includes applying pressure to an acupuncture point via vacuum forming. Small glass jars or bamboo cups, about the size of a baby food tub, are fire-heated internally and applied directly to the acu-point. The rapidly cooling air within the jar creates a vacuum and draws on the skin beneath, thus applying pressure to the acu-point. The suction pressure relieves stagnation in the affected channel and restores the flow of energy or qi, allowing the body to heal. Cupping therapy is a typical traditional Chinese medicine treatment for respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Muscular problems in the neck, shoulders, and back can also be treated with cupping therapy.
Benefits attributed to the application of cupping include stimulation of the blood vessels in an affected area, easing blood clots, clearing up bruised tissue, and stimulating the body's circulation system.
Cupping therapy is generally applied for about 15 minutes and leaves unsightly marks on the body for a few days. There's also a small risk of getting minor burns, depending on the heating technique used. To allay patients' fears some cupping practitioners are now using suction pumps instead of heated vessels.At Dr. Sontag's Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic, Dr. David Sontag Acupuncture Physician, Licensed Nutritionist, and Advanced NAET Practitioner combine traditional Chinese medicine and the most advanced modern oriental techniques to treat even the most challenging conditions by promoting the natural process of self-healing. To make an appointment, call 305-949-2990 today!