Sunday, July 26, 2009

Of Cupping Therapy, Gyneth Paltrow and the Olympics

Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum that is created in a cup(s), either by heat or by suction. Cupping has been used for thousands of years. Although it is often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, other cultures such as the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks knew of this of therapy and used it.

Often used to alleviate aches and pains, cupping is also a popular way of combating cold and flu congestion as it clears up and opens the lungs.
Receiving cupping treatment is very relaxing and has so many preventive and curative benefits! Depending on the degree of suction used, cupping can leave marks on the skin that can remain up to a week.The marks that are left are not bruises, they are discolorations of the skin and are evidence of the amount of stagnation and toxicity that was drawn to the surface.

Lately, the after-effects of cupping, apart from improved health have made the news.The photo at the right shows the distinct marks of cupping therapy on a world class athlete during the'08 Olympics.

Gwyneth Paltrow caused a stir recently when she turned up at a NYC affair exposing a back full of circular blotches. Apparently she was so busy choosing a shirt to hide her "post pregnancy belly" that she forgot about the recent cupping treatment and its evidence on her skin.

" I completely forgot because I had got them a week before and I always have them. I have been a big fan of Chinese medicine for a long time because it works and it's thousands of years old and one of the things they do in Chinese medicine, beside acupuncture, is a thing called cupping."
She was embarrassed about it all but I think the incident brought a much misunderstood therapy out in the open...who knows, in this day of tatoos and piercings, cupping marks may become all the rage...

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The Missing Link

Once upon a time I was a radio announcer, a producer too, what those in the business call a 'morning op"- or live equipment operator during the morning show... It was the 70's, I was young, it was my first job in that field. I worked 'the board"-(nothing digital back then) for more than one radio personality. It was wacky and it was truly live entertainment. I was there because I had and still have a great love for radio broadcasting -all kinds of formats, music, talk, public or private. There was an art to it, a magic, it seemed to me, and a power as well.
Life happened, I moved to the country, raised a family developed a huge interest in health and well-being and in Chinese medicine...and well, you know the rest. But through it all, I remain a radio fan, still listening to static filled late night broadcasts I can pull in from far off stations on the continent- even trying out short wave every now and then.
And what has all this got to do with acupuncture? Not much, really except it explains why I was tickled to learn that something called TCM radio is now available on the internet. So finally two , seemingly unrelated passions of mine have been brought together thanks to internet technology. Admitedly, its not exactly the same as radio... the immediacy and the live aspect has disappeared but one has the chance to listen to the voices and ideas of leaders in Chinese Medicine from the world over.
Topics range from infertility to the classics and of course appeal more to those in a TCM practice. If you are interested, try this link
and look for TCM Radio...just remember to come back here!