My introduction to cupping was pretty dramatic. I had a horrible case of the flu, and called to cancel an acupuncture appintment. Rachel (Rachel Rubin, Emerald Acupuncture Center) had me come in anyway – and quickly decided that cupping was in order. I had no idea what she was talking about, but felt so crappy I didn’t really care.
Rachel pulled out some plastic cups and went to work attaching a handful of cups one at a time – then removing them, moving them over a bit, removing them, moving them over a bit…systematically working the whole back. By the time she was finished with the treatment, a few things were obvious:
- My back was covered with dark marks from the cupping.
- My back felt amazingly good, my fever was down, and I was beginning to feel like a human being again.
- A ridiculously fast, simple, and easy treatment can make a world of difference.
- This would be a handy thing to know how to do…since I’d probably get the flu again at some point. Continue reading