What is cupping? Cupping was used in China for thousands of
years. The method was used primarily to withdraw pus and blood in
the treatment of boils. Cattle horn was used in early years for
cupping therapy. The Qing dynasty introduced the use of bamboo,
ceramic and glass cups for cupping. The modern cupping instruments,
which are used in United States clinics, are glass, plastic and
rubber cups. Occasionally, bamboo cups are used.
Cupping is a simple method of suction or negative pressure that
pulls "stuck," stagnant, and congealed blood and fluids out of the
injured area. Plastic or glass cups are placed on the skin and then
applied using suction. Cups are kept on from five to 30 minutes,
according to the judgment of the acupuncturist. Cupping releases
tight, painful muscles and increases blood circulation.
Cupping therapy can also be used to treat pain, Bi syndromes,
such as low back pain, shoulder pain, leg pain caused by wind
dampness, digestive problems, and even respiration problems.
Cupping therapy has been used for cosmetic purposes such as broken
veins, breast enhancement and cellulite. I regularly use cupping in
the clinic for stress reduction, muscle pain and tightness in the
upper and lower body. Patients are always saying how wonderful
cupping feels and how relaxed they feel after their treatment.
Helping Veterans' Pain
We have been using cupping therapy in the NUHS Whole Health
Center PTSD Clinic in Lombard. Many of the veterans' bodies have
been bruised and battered. They live with constant physical pain.
They find cupping as one of the many therapeutic therapies to help
with pain management and stress reduction for PTSD.
Cupping therapy has precautions and contradictions. As a result
of performing cupping, red or purple circle will often be produced
on the skin, or you may even see black circle that may take a few
days to heal. These circles are only dark colored in the area
cupped and may result in bruising. Since cupping marks take a few
days to heal, please consider if you are going to the beach or to
an event where you will be revealing the cupped area.
Cupping is not advisable or recommended if you are pregnant,
have a circulation disorder, hemophilia, lupus, or diabetes,
sunburns, wounds, skin ulcers, edema, high fever, hemorrhages, and
are using anticoagulant drugs. Cupping is also not recommended for
children under the age of seven.
Remember cupping helps to release tight muscles, increase blood
circulation, relieve stress, move congealed body fluids, however
bruising and bleeding may sometimes occur.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Ask about
cupping therapy next time you make your next appointment in the
Lombard clinic. Have a stress free week!
This week is a spotlight blog of recognition to our new interns
at the AOM clinic. I remember my first day as an intern was a
memorable experience. My experience was extremely useful in
increasing my confidence and the continued development of my
clinical skills. Interning in the AOM clinic can feel hectic and
chaotic at times, seeing 3-4 patients in 4-hour shift, not
including the required necessary paper work.
It's a process. The process is necessary because it is about our
transformation. Metaphorically, speaking it reminds me of the
transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Knowing
what is it is like to walk in the shoes of an intern is important
because it demonstrates our future success as a practitioner. I
truly believe that my interning experience here at NUHS is a rite
of passage into my successful solo practice.
Tuesday Morning Interns (L-R) Cynthia Easter and John
I wanted to introduce a few our new AOM interns on the Tuesday
morning and afternoon shifts. They were extremely cooperative and
excited about the photo opp. These new interns are hard working,
dedicated and compassionate. They have such great positive synergy.
I am excited and honored to be working alongside my new fellow
internees. Please contact the NUHS Whole Health Clinic and make an
appointment today and support our new interns.
Tuesday Afternoon Interns (L-R) Cynthia Easter, Hanh
Tran, Rachel Russell, Yvonne Gonzalez
National University has great internship and externship
opportunities. We have a free Veterans PTSD clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. on Tuesdays. If you know of any active or retired armed forces
personnel, policemen, fireman or any stoic personnel, please refer
them to our PTSD clinic. In addition, hospital experience is
Stroger Hospital Pain Clinic on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There
are even research projects available at the
Lombard campus. It is important to take advantage of all the
opportunities offered by National. Lastly, I have also heard there
are possible talks of third AOM intern opportunity in the very near
future. I will keep you posted!
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog! Have a
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