Whether you prefer to call it prana, qi, chi, or life force, they are all ancient words for the same thing—the energy that everything in the universe is made from, including us. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, an adage says, “Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” 

In TCM, the stagnation of energy causes us to experience physical illnesses and spiritual imbalance. Therapies like acupuncture, acupressure, and cupping are intended to restore balance for the mind, body, and spirit. 

So how does cupping work?

In cupping therapy, the practitioner uses a glass cup to create suction against the skin, decompressing the muscles and connective tissue. This promotes blood and enhances circulation to activate healing, similar to a deep tissue massage. Practitioners use cupping to address physical symptoms and encourage deep emotional healing. 

The benefits of cupping therapy


 1.) Pain Relief

Cupping gently stretches tight muscles and connective tissues and clears inflammation, relieving muscle tension and pain. It can be beneficial for back pain, sciatica, sore muscles, as well as headaches and migraines. Athletes use the therapy for improved recovery time during training. 

 2.) Insomnia or Chronic Fatigue

Cupping has been shown to soothe the nervous system, providing a deeper, more restful sleep and helping with insomnia or chronic fatigue symptoms. 

 3.) Congestion

In therapy, cups are placed on either your back or chest to alleviate congestion and relieve symptoms of respiratory conditions like asthma. They may be used on your face to facilitate the movement of lymph fluid to unblock sinuses.

 4.) Skin Health

The increased blood flow from a cupping session brings oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin. It can ease the symptoms of skin conditions like acne or eczema and minimize the appearance of scarring, cellulite, stretch marks, or varicose veins. 

 5.) Digestion

Cupping engages the parasympathetic nervous system and stimulates your digestive organs, relieving constipation, indigestion, and other gut-related conditions.

 6.) Relaxation

Similar to acupuncture or massage, cupping therapy can be a form of relaxation. Sessions provide a reprieve to unwind and reconnect with yourself by caring for your body. The release of tension from the therapy may allow patients to release pent-up emotions and feel calm and refreshed. 

 7.) Healing

The suction from the cups increases circulation to help promote cell repair and flush built-up toxins from the body. It activates the body’s natural healing ability, and in TCM is used as a treatment for common colds and fevers.


If you’ve been feeling unbalanced, dealing with chronic pain or illness, or simply looking for a way to destress, we can provide the tools to heal naturally. Cedar Rose Health offers cupping therapy as well as acupuncture, aromatherapy, and energy healing. Relieve pain, detox your body and feel relaxed—naturally.

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