Although conventional western medicine provides extraordinary remedies for some medical problems, it often falls short on providing answers for some conditions. Alternative methods are enjoying increased popularity because of the natural methods and effective results. Many people are discovering the benefits of cupping for a variety of health conditions. This treatment is available at a Dallas acupuncture clinic.

Understanding Cupping Therapy

Cupping is an ancient medical practice that has been used in Chinese, Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures. The therapy uses cups of various materials and techniques to create suction that increase blood circulation in the treated area. Generally, thick glass or plastic cups are used, but bamboo, pottery and iron cups may also be used in the technique. Cupping is considered to be an effective treatment for a number of medical issues, and it is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, medications and massage.

The Cupping Procedure

In typical session, the cups are warmed by filling them with alcohol, paper or other flammable material. The material is then lit on fire to heat the cups. After appropriate cooling, the cups are applied, open side down, to the area of the body being treated. As the cups cool, a suction is created which draws blood to the skin surface. Some practitioners use a suction device to increase this effect. Cupping may be “dry” or “wet,” which combines the suction with controlled minor blood-letting at the surface of the skin. This action helps to increase circulation, increase qi energy and release toxins. The technique also increases relaxation and mental well-being.

Benefits of Cupping

A number of studies have shown that cupping can be useful in treating a variety of medical problems and can help improve overall health:

· Migraine headache

· Varicose veins

· Bronchial congestion from asthma and allergies

· Mood disorders such as anxiety or depression

· Arthritis

· Fibromyalgia

· High blood pressure

· Eczema and acne

· Anemia

· Fertility problems

· Stress disorders

· Weight problems

· Digestive disorders

· Improves healing in sports and other muscular injuries

Safety of Cupping

Cupping has been deemed to be a safe method of treatment. Side effects may include bruising, mild discomfort, burns to the skin and skin infection. A health professional trained in cupping can ensure the risk for these effects is minimal. Cupping is not advised for pregnant or menstruating women, individuals with metastatic cancer or individuals with muscle spasms or bone fractures.

Cupping Therapy From An Experienced Health Professional

Licensed acupuncturist Kalpesh Patel trained at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine and the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin. He provides experienced care for individuals suffering from a variety of medical problems at his Dallas acupuncture clinic and has in-depth knowledge of cupping techniques. He also provides care with herbal medicine, massage, essential oils and facial rejuvenation.

If you would like to improve your health and mental well being, contact the Dallas acupuncture clinic of Kalpesh Patel to learn more about the benefits of cupping.