Cupping is the process of drawing cellular waste and lactic acid out of soft tissue and onto the skin’s surface where it can be safely eliminated. The lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, helps to clear the body of harmful metabolic waste products, foreign material, and cellular debris. Every cell in our bodies uses a surrounding solution, called extracellular fluid, where cells dump metabolic waste, and intake nutrients. How quickly and completely this waste material is removed from the extracellular fluid directly affects cell nourishment and efficiency. The acupuncture meridians are one of several pathways for metabolic waste carried by the extracellular fluid to exit the body. Capillaries and lymphatic channels also carry waste products to the liver and kidneys, where they are detoxified and/or excreted. cuppingCupping involves using simple suction to accomplish literally instantaneous soft tissue pain relief in most cases. Generally, new or mild injuries will elicit very light pink to purple markings on the surface of the skin, which are usually eliminated by the skin within three days. Old injuries, or severe ischemia can, and usually will, pull up very dark red, dark purple, or even black marks on the skin’s surface that can last up to two weeks. Cupping usually immediately relieves these types of conditions, however it is recommended that patients follow specific guidelines for treatment afterward, which can include cessation of drinking alcohol and smoking for three days or longer, in order to prevent re-injury or illness. Cupping is a very powerful and effective therapy and should never be treated lightly. Please follow all treatment guidelines. Because the nature of cupping is sedative, people who are excessively weak, cold, or elderly are not good cupping candidates, nor are people who suffer from chronic wasting dis-eases, or auto immune disorders. Cupping can compromise the immune system significantly when applied to too much of the body at once. Because of that fact, cupping sessions are limited to only a quarter of the body per session, unless a detailed prescription from an MD, or an L.Ac, exists. Furthermore, due to the temporary markings that present on the skin after treatment, patients are usually required to sign a waiver detailing that they understand what cupping is, how it works, and what to expect.  

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