Issue #195 Jan. 26, 2012

Articles

Chinese Fire Cupping

ancient eastern treatment is said to release tension

by Kristin Frosch photos by Andrea Paulseth

Casey Castona, Acupuncture 4 Wellness
 
Casey Castona, Acupuncture 4 Wellness

Those looking for an escape from traditional western medical treatments and medications may benefit from an ancient holistic solution that treats some of the most common ailments and conditions.

Cupping therapy has been proven to treat everything from headaches, back aches, arthritis, and minor injuries to asthma, anemia, and even the average cold or flu.

Dating back some 3,500 years, cupping therapy, performed by specialized acupuncturists and masseuses, has been proven to treat everything from headaches, back aches, arthritis, and minor injuries to asthma, anemia, and even the average cold or flu. The healing effects of cupping therapy are similar to acupuncture, as it works to improve wellness by mobilizing blood flow and promoting the balance of energy throughout the body.

Cupping is administered locally by first introducing a naked flame to a small glass jar. The jar is then placed topically on the skin, thereby creating a suction or vacuum that is believed to activate tissue toxin release. The patient only feels slight to moderate pressure, depending on the severity of the condition treated, and only needs a few regular treatments to experience remarkable improvements. Some even claim to feel better after just one session.

There are several cupping practitioners right here in the Eau Claire area. Casey Castona of Acupuncture 4 Wellness has numerous degrees and certificates in both western and eastern medical practices, including a master’s degree in science and oriental medicine. He has substantial experience in successfully treating dozens of conditions. Licensed and equally experienced massage therapists trained in the cupping technique can also be found at Advanced Massage Therapy. Paul Lin of Paul Lin Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine also specializes in an array of Chinese treatments and is more than willing to accept new patients at the Optima Health and Vitality Center, also conveniently located in Eau Claire.

Cupping is becoming increasingly more popular and widely accepted as an effective alternative to other invasive, western treatments. It’s definitely worth a try.