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Chinese Cupping

June 22, 2018

Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation.

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

The old Chinese medical maxim holds that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, then suffering is a result of obstructed or irregular flow in the body. Chinese cupping is therefore a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.

The side effects of cupping are fairly mild. Bruising should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within 10 days.

Jon Huxley

I trade under the name of ‘restoring balance’ as this seems to me to sum up the whole aim and purpose of acupuncture. People often come for acupuncture describing themselves as ‘out of sorts’, ‘run down’, ‘not myself’ and ‘exhausted’. These are energy imbalances and as such are ideally suited to this unique therapy. A progression further on and there is imbalance with measurable symptoms i.e. an illness; this is still treatable with acupuncture but the road to restored balance may take longer now that the imbalance has a form.

I follow classical acupuncture; this style of acupuncture is rooted in the original medical health texts from China, many dating back 2000 years. Acupuncture from this perspective is an early form of holistic therapy where the mind/body is undivided and imbalances in the system produce symptoms in the mental/emotional sphere as well as the physical. The diagnosis and treatment is as relevant for today’s 21st century westerners as it was for the ancient Chinese. My beginning with classical acupuncture started after completing my first training in acupuncture in 1984. I then began a course of study with a French school of acupuncture; these scholars had the knowledge to interpret these fascinating and challenging classical records.


Bachelor of Acupuncture
The International College of Oriental Medicine (UK) Ltd 1984

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