Cupping Therapy Loosens Tight Knotted Muscles In Your Back

Four years ago, I was introduced to cupping while being treated for a vehicle injury. The treatment was some sort of a traditional therapy whereby the practitioner applied suction cups to my body. I experiencing excruciating pain in the back and was anxious to find something that can provide fast relief. It only took one treatment to get me hooked. I was so impressed by the treatment that I bought my own cup set, so my partner would be able to treat me at home.

Cupping is considered to be an integral part of acupuncture therapy, although it is often used as a standalone treatment (no needles involved) and sometimes as a complementary treatment to acupuncture. The therapist applies the cups on various parts of the patient’s body and they are either left in one spot, or are slid along your back by the therapist. For maximum pain management, my style of cupping involves a combination of the two techniques.

Several cultures use some type of cupping in their folk medicine, and when I was young I saw some family members use cupping therapy to alleviate a wide range of ailments that included digestive problems, respiratory issues, injury, pain, and even for skin problems such as cellulite and eczema. Cupping therapy can be used to loosen tight knotted muscle in the back. It works by allowing blood flow to injured parts of the body. This helps accelerate the healing process by decreasing swelling, and enabling the expulsion of toxins.

Cup sets sold today usually come with a basic pump. If the therapist decides to leave the cups in place, the pump is removed and the cup stays on the skin surface for as short as five minutes to as long as twenty minutes. If the therapist opts for the “sliding” technique, massage oil or lotion is then applied before the administration of light suction, and the cup(s) can be moved in any direction. Circular movement aimed on problem areas work wonders for me.

Fire-Cupping is a more traditional style of this therapy. One creates a vacuum by drenching a cotton ball in alcohol, igniting, and putting it for a few seconds inside the cup. All the oxygen in the cup is sucked up by the fire generating the suction. Then the cup is applied on the patient’s skin, and the method is similar as with using the modern cups. Fire-Cupping does not feel hot on or burn your body.

Cupping therapy should not be a painful procedure, although it may leave marks that should go away within a few hours. It can be very relaxing, for both adults and children.

If you suffer from ailments such as back pain, it is important to seek out a qualified massage therapist or professional acupuncturist in Winter Park who specializes in cupping therapy. For best outcomes the therapist can also use during the massage white flower oil, or apply Salonpas or any analgesic patch after the treatment.

The Mechanisms Of Auricular Acupuncture

While allopathic medicine has gained global fame due to of its practices and innumerable benefits, there are also other ancient types of treatments that are administered in various parts of the world to maintain the well being and health of the human body. Same with the types of ancient Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and acupressure, auricular acupuncture has also garnered widespread fame in Asia and in the other countries of Europe. Auricular acupuncture in Jacksonville entails the use if needles to stimulate the affected organs in the body through the use of the outer part of the ear. Recently, rather than needling the ear with hair thin needles or applying manual pressure on predetermined points, the acupoints on the ear are stimulated by means of magnets, ear pellets, and lasers.

Ancient documents indicate the use of auricular acupuncture in China in 500 B.C. The relevance of this procedure was discovered by Dr. Paul Nogier, a Frenchman, who saw that the points on the external part of the ear have specific relationships with the internal organs of the body. He compared the ear to that of an inverted fetus with the lower ear lobe representing the head, the top of the external ear, the feet, and everything in-between the outer ear, the rest of the body.

Although deemed to be a branch of alternative medicine, auricular acupuncture works best when used with other forms of therapies such as chiropractic therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture, among others. It can be used to significantly alleviate bodily ailments such as tension, pain, and stress. In allopathic medicine, body pain is managed by using painkillers that have endomorphins. In auricular acupuncture, acupuncture, and acupressure, the inner energy of the body is regulated, balanced, and stimulated, causing the body generate and release endomorphins in order to alleviate pain. A typical session takes around thirty minutes to an hour in order for the body to release the endomorphins. These therapies balance the energy in the body by rectifying the reflex centers in the brain which thus lessens pain.

The World Health Organization has approved auricular acupuncture as an effective and safe treatment. Recently, it also has been used to cure smoking and drug addiction. There have been no reports of side effects and it is deemed as an ideal substitute to acupuncture. To stimulate the surface of the auricles, the practitioner uses various frequencies through the use of a micro stimulation device to prevent smoking addiction in people. The rate of success of this treatment is a whopping 80 percent as it lessens the severity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms to nicotine in smoking addicts.

As with other alternative therapies, in order to correctly and safely use this treatment, one needs proper training under the supervision of a professional if they have to practice themselves.

The Importance Of Certain Time Periods In Chinese Medicine

The typical American diet that includes fast food, fried food, and alcohol can burden our health, especially our Liver. Perhaps, the best thing we can do for our health is to stop eating by 7 pm. When we look at ancient Chinese medicine, we find a clear reason why this is so. Chi or life force, in Chinese Medicine, flows though the body via a network of a dozen primary meridians or energy channels. There is a two hour window by which Chi is at its strongest for each meridian.

From the viewpoint of Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, digestion is governed by the element of Earth. The organs that are associated with Earth element are the Spleen and Abdomen. The energy channel related to the abdomen is at its strongest in the hours between 7 and 9 am in the morning while the Spleen meridian is at its strongest from 9 am to 11 am. Hence, the best times to eat are at 7 am to 11 am since these are the times when our digestive chi is at its strongest.

After twelve hours, the chi of our digestive organs is at its weakest, and by 7pm, we should stop eating. If we are hungry in the evening, fresh juices or light meals of fresh vegetables and fruits are best since these are the foods that are the most simple to digest.

In the evening, digestion becomes naturally slower as the energy in those meridians is at its weakest during that time frame since food remains in the abdomen and is likely to ferment resulting in discomfort, bloating, and gas. To help digest food, energy is usually taken from other organs. Overnight from 11 at night till 3 in the morning, Chi is at its strongest in the liver and gall bladder. These organs control sleep and detoxify the blood. When we eat late at night, these organs can become fatigued. We experience a feeling of not being well rested in the morning, or of insomnia, or indigestion. Moreover, our joints may become arthritic or ache. Our joints and organs will store toxins causing our liver to dysfunction.

We can strain our liver when we eat late at night, we derive chi from our foods which can help digest food. You also have herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion that are liver flushes to regenerate and cleanse the liver. Refusing to eat by 7 in the evening is one of the best things we can do for our liver. Once the chi of the liver is not being taken away toward digestion, the liver can be able to heal and function well.

A lot of symptoms, even those that seem unrelated to digestion such as arthritis and pain, tend to vanish when we stop eating at 7 pm. As your body allows you to rid toxins from the body, you are likely to quickly lose weight. The energy channels naturally become stronger and are in balance when energy is not drawn into overnight digestion.

Thing that can help reinvigorate the liver:

• Have fresh vegetable salad or fruit for lunch and dinner.

• For at least a full week, refrain from eating by 7 pm’ you can strive to make it a lifelong habit.
• Stay away from deep fried food and at least while performing the cleansing of the liver, avoid alcohol although you can make this a lifelong habit.)

For a week or so, perform the following liver flush:

Upon waking, drink squeezed orange juice made up of two or three oranges combined with a clove of garlic, half of the lemon, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of olive oil.
Follow this up with a nettle and mint cleansing tea.

Herbals remedies such as dandelion and milk thistle are very good for the liver. The root of dandelion root is usually ingested as tea or taken as a tincture whole milk thistle is commonly taken in tincture or capsule. The leaves of fresh dandelion can be combined to salads.