What I learned about Chinese Therapy

Did you catch Michael Phelps at the 2016 summer Olympics? If so, you may have noticed the big dark circles on his back. It looked like he had been attacked- or maybe that was just my thoughts?

What was it you ask? Have you ever heard of Cupping?

It brought attention to that very thing. Cupping therapy is a traditional Chinese Therapy that involves burning a cotton ball and placing it into a glass cup. That creates a vacuum inside as the hot air cools. The glass cups are then placed onto specific spots on the back or other targeted areas. It is believed to help the stagnation of blood or build-up of metabolic wastes get moving throughout the body again. Cupping ultimately helps with detoxifying the body and lymph nodes.

The Olympics was my first time hearing about it. AND come to think of it, I haven’t heard about it since then.

Now- fast forward a year and a half later and it is back into my life.

Why? Read on ☺

I had been sick with some kind of knock you on your butt cold or sinus thing. It resulted in a persistent cough that just seemed to be getting worse. My friend Eva who is a licensed Acupuncturist suggested I try cupping along with acupuncture.

I am one to try things like this. I am into the Woo Woo things. The more natural the better. Except for crystals- those I don’t get. Anyway… cupping, sure! Let’s give this a try.

I walked into her treatment room and after filling out some forms we were ready to start. I undressed from the top up and laid down on a comfy table.

We started with the cupping. It didn’t hurt really- the suction part felt like my skin was being pulled by a powerful vacuum for a few minutes or so.

This was my darkest spot. The others hidden underneath my shirt weren’t as prominent.

While some of the cups were on my back, we started acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture uses very small needles that prick certain points of your skin to alleviate pain or help treat various health conditions. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that the energy is disrupted by the disease ( or in my case, the cold) and the flow of your energy (qi) is off. Acupuncture helps get that flow going again.

I liked the treatment! However- I also do not have any fear of needles. If you do, that may be something you want to consider. They are really small though and I promise they won’t bother you physically.

An hour and a half later we were finished. I went home and for once in what seemed forever, I slept through the night without any coughing attacks.

The whole experience was interesting. It was relaxing. My kids watched it and thought I was going crazy.

Would I do it again? Probably. The acupuncture in my face really helped with my sinuses right away. I could feel it draining. The cupping was a release of my muscles. It all felt very good.

If you are in San Diego and like the idea of treating your pain with a more natural approach, I highly recommend acupuncture and cupping with Eva. She was so kind and gentle. Check out her website to learn more about Chinese Medicine.

Oh and a week later- I am feeling more like myself. Hurray!