Cupping Therapy

Cupping session done by  Gaia Acupuncture  located in San Diego, California.

Cupping session done by Gaia Acupuncture located in San Diego, California.

What Is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine. It has been around for ages!  One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The cups contract while on the person’s skin, which causes suctioning, so the skin is then pulled into the cup, stretching out skin tissue and improving blood flow, which facilitates healing.  The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove "heat" and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues. Each treatment is unique to the person depending on their needs. Cupping is so amazing because no matter what ailment you have, it can heal anyone and promote optimal "Qi" - life force energy (energy flow). 

According to Dr. Bobby Pourziaee- the use of cups allows for the stretching and opening of muscle tissue, creating space to drain toxins from your cells, he explains. “By manually going in and moving things around, you’re able to push toxins from those cells into the lymphatic system,” Dr. Pourziaee explains. “Your body naturally does that — your lymphatic system is your body’s filter. But this is a catalyst to give that natural detoxification process a boost.”

Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red or purple especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The discoloration on my neck and back are indicators of the level of stagnation in that area of my body. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. My marks indicate that I have a healthy circulation of blood flow but I do hold stress and tension in my neck (as you can see those circles are darker- meaning more stagnant blood). Most people carry a significant portion of their stress in their shoulders, neck, and back so it's completely normal to have darker circles around your neck and shoulders. 

For my 22nd birthday, all I wanted to do was self-healing things. I attended the Longevity Now Conference in Anaheim (which is the best health conference ever), went skydiving, and received an amazing cupping session. I found Alexa from Gaia Acupuncture on Instagram and loved her vibe and booked an appointment. Alexa is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. I HIGHLY recommend her if you are in the San Diego area. She truly knows how to heal from the inside out. Alexa also incorporated aromatherapy and a little acupuncture during my cupping session and I literally felt like I was levitating when I walked out! I can't wait to come back for more cupping sessions. 


Benefits of Cupping: 

  • Eliminates weakness in the body. Cupping is a great way to eliminate weakness and fatigue in the body. This is done by opening the nerves that have become stiff. When this happens, blood is released to the parts of the body which need it most.

  • Cures fever

  • Fights against dermatological diseases and boosts skin health. This treatment purifies the skin, eliminating any extraneous particles found in the blood. It can help strengthen the body’s defenses to protect itself from infections. It also helps reduce herpes, cellulite, acne, and inflammation.

  • Aids in preventing liver diseases

  • Improves blood circulation! Cupping strengthens the arterial muscles by eliminating congested blood. Without a consistent blood flow, the body won’t be able to function well. If the blood circulates well, the body will have good immunity against various illnesses and diseases.

  • Treats gastrointestinal diseases

  • Helps the nervous system

  • Reduces any pain in the body

  • Promotes relaxation. Cupping often helps alleviate physical complaints and allows people to enter a more relaxed state since it sedates the central nervous system.

  • Improves digestion. Acupuncture and cupping are both popular ways to improve digestion and reduce symptoms from disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • Anti-aging

  • Relief from allergies and asthma

  • Detoxification

  • Reduction in carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms


Would I recommend cupping? Yes, definitely! I absolutely loved it and the way I felt after my session. Lastly, it's VERY important to drink lots of water before and after the treatment because this will help to flush out the toxins! Happy healing :) 


“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.”




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