Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is presently used as a primary health care system throughout the world. It is a method of balancing and building the body’s life force energy known as Qi.
Acupuncturists recognize particular pathways called “meridians” in which energy circulates. Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. Such imbalances manifest in physical, emotional and psychosomatic stress-related disorders.
Acupuncturists insert very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points along meridians in order to disperse the blockage and mobilize the body’s natural immune response. Needling is one of a number of energy balancing techniques used during Acupuncture treatments. Also included in traditional therapies are dietary counseling, various Oriental massage techniques (including TuiNa), herbal remedies and moxibustion (technique of stimulating acupuncture points with heat).
Traditional Chinese acupuncture recognizes that aches, pains and other discomforts are often only symptoms of a deeper, underlying health problem. Therefore, a comprehensive diagnosis is compiled, which takes into account the individual’s body, mind and spirit, rather than simply categorizing them into a one-sided symptom picture. The basis of acupuncture is to build the body’s immune system, so disease will not penetrate.
The acupuncturist at The Wellness Center in Denver spends time with each client explaining how acupuncture can play an important role in achieving a higher sense of wellness.
The World Health Organization acknowledges that acupuncture has been found useful in
Treating the following chronic and acute disorders:
- Arthritis (osteo)
- Cardiovascular Problems
- Hearing loss
In addition, the Acupuncturist at The Wellness Center specializes in treating:
- Primary insomnia (when someone is not on any type of medications)
- Adrenal-fatigue and Stress Management
- Women’s Hormone Issues (such as candida, chronic yeast infections, infertility)
Cupping therapy also commonly known as vacuum cupping, suction cup therapy and Chinese cupping, is an ancient healing tool that has been traced back to ancient Egypt, China,
Europe, Africa and Native American cultures and has gained worldwide attention after Michael Phelps, United States Gold Medal Olympic swimmer, swam in th
e 2016 Rio Olympics with circular bruise marks on his back and shoulder, caused by cupping.
Phelps has been using the cupping therapy technique to help his muscles recover and perform at their best. It involves a therapist heating small Chinese suction cups, then placing them on the skin and pulling them from the body to loosen and relax the muscles.
Michael Phelps is a firm believer in the benefits of cupping, “Our bodies are going to hurt after doing this for so long. It’s the best thing that I’ve ever had. It has saved me from a lot of pain.”
What is cupping?
Cupping treatment creates a partial vacuum on the skin using Chinese suction cups. The result is a suction that increases blood and energy flow to the area. The increase of circulation facilitates localized healing. Cupping relieves pain by opening up the meridians, or energy channels, of the body and improving energy flow to every organ and tissue of the body. Chinese cupping therapy also triggers body tissues to release toxins and activates the lymphatic system which helps to alleviate aches and pains.
Glass cups are fitted with a valve that attaches to a small hand-operated pump, allowing the practitioner to suck out air without having to rely on fire to depressurize the cup first. It also gives them greater control over the amount of suction. The modern name for cupping is baguanfa, suction cup therapy or vacuum cupping.
In order to allow the cups to move over the skin easily, oil is used. Oils that have been infused with extracts of medicinal herbs are particularly useful. The cups are applied at room temperature, and there is some friction generated with moving cups, causing a small but significant amount of heat, especially if a warming oil is also used.
Cups are generally left in place for ten minutes although the time can range from five to fifteen minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow and some bruising on the skin is to be expected.
This natural treatment isn’t only great for general body aches, pain, and stress. Cupping can be an excellent noninvasive treatment for:
- Acute pain such as sprains and strains
- Dull aches and pains, arthritis
- Edema and swellings
- Respiratory issues like asthma, chronic cough, and bronchitis
- Abdominal pain, stomachache and indigestion
- Painful menstruation and associated low back pain
- Coughs from excessive mucus
The Wellness Center is your premier place for getting cupping therapy in Denver. We can work with you to create the perfect treatment plan based on your unique needs and lifestyle. A cupping treatment in Denver can be done is just a 30 minute session with one of our skilled practitioners.
If you are interested in booking a cupping therapy session, you can book with any of the following Denver cupping therapists:
Acupuncturists: Dr. Shwu-Yar Tsai
Chiropractor: Dr. Tim Price