Why Olympic Athletes Use Cupping

cupping on the upper backThose little bruises on Michael Phelps shoulders stimulated huge interest in cupping therapy.

It started the Olympic cupping craze!

Cupping is extremely useful for athletes and sport enthusiasts (not to mention those with chronic back pain or neck pain).  This is because it helps with pain, soreness, stiffness and immobility.

How does cupping work?

Cupping creates a vacuum in a glass or plastic cup.  This pulls the skin, connective tissue, and muscle up and results in the classic cupping bruise.

Cupping can help muscle soreness and pain after a workout.  Cupping has been shown to reduce inflammation from a strenuous Read More

A Brief History of Chinese Medicine: The Beginning

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have roots over 3000 years old.  The oldest known book of Chinese medicine is from 2500 years ago and is called the Huang Di Nei Jing, which translates to the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic. Much of that theory still influences acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  

The birth of the Chinese medicine tradition occurred when the Chinese developed the viewpoint that disease is caused by forces in the natural world.  And through the healthy choices, we can influence our own health.  This post is based upon ideas from Paul Unschuld’s fabulous book, Medicine in China.

Originally, disease Read More

What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping.

In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion.

Some of … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Literary Medicine

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system with it own diagnosis and treatment.  The terminology and language is also unique.

Sometimes, acupuncture language may sound a little magical.  We may say that a headache is caused by liver qi stagnation in one person but in another person it may be from heat.

Similarly, anxiety can come from heart blood vacuity but it also can be related to heat irritating the heart.

It is very important that the language and theory is consistent throughout the acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.  In fact, if the wrong diagnosis is … Read More

Acupuncture Therapies: Moxibustion, Cupping, and Gua Sha

Acupuncture is a powerful and versatile therapy.

Acupuncture therapy is more than just acupuncture.  We will also include techniques such as moxibustion, gua sha, and cupping.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the burning of an herb call mugwort close to specific acupuncture points or on the needle itself.  It is used to warm and add energy to the acupuncture point.  It also is good for moving stagnation.

Moxibustion may be used to joint pain to remove the cold from the joints. It is also famously used in pregnancy with breech birth.

Moxibustion can be done by warming the needle, as … Read More