What is Cupping?

Relatively unknown to most people living in the West until recently, cupping therapy is an alternative therapeutic method that has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C. Some records show that variations of cupping practices might actually be much older — possibly dating as far back as 3000 B.C. And for good reason. Cupping therapy has a host of health benefits that can often outweigh modern medicine techniques.

One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like cupping therapy, acupuncture or massage therapy is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do.

In fact, there’s really no downside to trying alternative practices like cupping, since studies show they can help boost immune function and speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs. And these are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy.

Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.

One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone.

Cupping has numerous benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body. It often works wonders for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions (though cups are not applied to inflamed areas), allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.

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Cupping at SuNu

 

Carey Velenchenko, Acupuncturist, Master of Oriental Medicine (Minnetonka)

Carey Velenchencko, Acupuncturist, Master of Oriental MedicineCarey Velenchenko is Sunu’s Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, practicing Acupuncture, Cupping, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has had 15 years of experience treating clients in a wide variety of settings including: private practice, total wellness, and adolescent and adult residential programming for the treatment of eating disorders. Carey’s experience has given her the necessary tools and wisdom to treat a wide variety of conditions and symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, digestive issues, pain and injuries, menstrual irregularities, fertility, auto-immune disorders, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and menopausal discomfort.

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Cassie Warren, Acupuncturist, Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Linden Hills)

Cassie Warren, AcupuncturistCassie Warren is a board licensed acupuncturist. She obtained her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, with specialized training at Being Alive, a clinic dedicated to patients with HIV. Cassie has worked in clinical settings ranging from community acupuncture to private practice. With such a wide range of clinics, she has treated all types of ailments – pain (chronic and acute), digestion issues, fertility, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, headaches, frozen shoulder, to name a few.

She is a dedicated practitioner and believes in the combination of both eastern and western practices to give the highest quality care and achieve the best results for her patients.

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Jamie Wilcox, Acupuncturist, Master of Chinese Medicine (Minnetonka)

Jamie Wilcox, AcupuncturistJamie is a Chinese Medicine practitioner, nationally board certified and licensed by the Minnesota Medical Board. Jamie has experience treating a wide variety of concerns from stress and anxiety to NFL athletes, but her primary passion is women’s health. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the root cause of your concerns and to gently encourage balance in your body. Regardless of where you’re at on your health and wellness journey, it is her promise that she will always meet you where you’re at and coach you to where you want to be.

Jamie currently sees patients at our Minnetonka location.