Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It can be used for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. 


The cupping method used at Gold Coast Holistic Medical Specialists is known as fire cupping. The practitioner will put a flammable substance such as an alcohol soaked cotton ball which is set on fire into the cup for a few seconds The fire removes most of the air from the cup. The cup is quickly placed upside done on the skin. There it creates a vacuum and a suction of the skin. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 5 minutes. Cupping therapy may be even more effective when combined with other treatments, like acupuncture. It is know to be useful in treating various diseases and conditions, such as:

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