Cupping and Gui Shu
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Cupping and Gui Shu

Cupping, a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique, that dates backs to 1500BC.

Cupping, a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique, is evidenced to have been used in times dating back to 1500BC. It’s counterpart Gua sha has a long history of use in ancient east asian medicine.


Core Principle

Cupping therapy increases blood flow to reduce toxins and congestion.

How it works

Once in a comfortable position the practitioner will place a glass orb over targeted acupuncture points.

The orbs are heated, creating a pressured environment with the orb that draws blood flow in to the targeted region aiding in the expulsion of toxins and moving on congestion.

Cupping may leave marks on the body for a short period of time following tx. This is the result of the drawing effect of the blood being pulled towards the surface of the skin. These marks are often more significant in the initial treatment than follow on treatments – as the source of the issue subsides. The color will recede within 3-7 days.

There are recommended restrictions on the application of cupping, your practitioner will discuss this on a case by case basis e.g. During pregnancy.

Gui Shu

Core Principle

Gui shu treatment encourages the body to develop an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect.

How it works

Treatment is most often delivered seated in a comfortable position. The practitioner uses a unidirectional press-stroking over a lubricated area of the body surface aided by a Gui shu tool.

The stroking results in the leakage of blood under the skin (subcutis) triggering a protective reaction in the body. The protective reaction can last for days, resulting in a positive effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting as well as acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.