Cupping has recently been brought to public attention
by Gwyneth Paltrow sporting two marks on
her back. However, cupping is in fact another Traditional
Chinese Medicine therapy dating back to at least 300AD in
China. The therapy has also been used in folk medicine in
Eastern Europe, Greece, Mexico and Vietnam. In the Middle
East it is called 'pull with air' or 'bod-kesh', and it
has also been used in Jewish folk remedies where the
Yiddish name is 'bankes'.
In cupping therapy a vacuum is created within a glass
cup so that it sticks onto the body. The skin and
superficial muscle layer is gently drawn up into the cup.
The sensation is not unpleasant, in fact many patients
find it immediately relieves tension and has a calming
effect. Cupping can also be used as a form of moving
massage where oil is applied first and the cups are then
glided along the body. When used this way cupping feels
like a deep massage and is often requested by patients
again and again.
According to the Journal of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, recent studies have been done on cupping
treatment for frozen shoulder, acute trigeminal neuralgia,
acne, urticaria and fever. Like all TCM therapies, cupping
can be used alone, or combined with acupuncture or
To read about a session of cupping with Amanda Click here...!.