Treating Neck Pain using Traditional Chinese Medicine
Point selection taken from The Practice of Chinese Medicine, The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs By Giovani Maciocia Acupuncture Points used: GB 39, S I3, GB 20, GB21 bilaterally (both sides)
What is Fire Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of deep tissue massage in which a partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. It is used to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph, and energy to the affected area. Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. During the cupping session, small round cups are placed on the skin and a heat is used to create a vacuum between the skin and cup, drawing the muscle up slightly, and producing a temporary local congestion. When the vacuum is released the blood, energy, and lymph flow more vigorously throughout the area. Cups may be applied to more than one area within the same treatment session. Although cupping can leave round marks that look like bruises, they usually clear within a week, and the procedure is not painful during or after therapy. Cupping is particularly helpful for those with stubborn muscle stiffness and chronic or acute lung or nasal congestion.