Cupping is one of the methods used by practitioners of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to encourage blood flow and healthy circulation to enable healing to take place. Cupping is also used to dispel stagnation and thereby improve the flow of qi. Well4ever’s local Putney acupuncturist, Guy Lederman, combines cupping with acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medicine as appropriate for each individual’s unique needs. There is evidence to suggest cupping’s use in ancient Egypt, China and the Middle East. It is one of the oldest methods of TCM.

Cupping is done with cups made from either glass, plastic, bamboo or earthenware, placed on different areas of the body and manipulated (usually using heat) to create suction. Well4ever’s acupuncturist in Putney uses cups made of glass or plastic. Cupping is comparable to an ‘inverse massage’ where small targeted areas of the body are gently moved upwards, as opposed to receiving downward pressure. Cupping is believed to loosen muscles, promote relaxation, improve circulation and reduce high blood pressure. It is also applied to musculoskeletal problems to help treat painful and stiff muscles.It is typically used to treat the common cold and respiratory difficulties. In China, it is most commonly used to treat respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders and arthritis.

Cupping uses the same principles as acupuncture, in that it works along the body’s meridians, or channels, to balance qi and release any blockages. Cupping is a relatively safe procedure but may produce visible swelling and reddening where applied. This is because the heat and suction widens the pores and draws blood vessels up to the surface. It can be extremely relaxing and warming. Well4ever offers cupping here in its SW15 clinic, drop in to see what it can do for you.

Acupuncture at Well4ever


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  • Pacific College. The Many Benefits of Chinese Cupping. Available.