Ba Sha cupping
Cupping, also known as Ba Sha in Chinese medicine, involves the application of glass cups to the body with suction to hold them in place.
The usefulness of cupping extends beyond relieving muscular pain to assisting the systemic functioning of your body, helping to restore your natural health.
Used not only in Oriental medicine, this therapy is also readily found in folk remedies throughout southern Europe and northern Africa for the treatment of ailments such as the common cold.
At Dantian Health in Brunswick, the application of cups helps to relax the surrounding muscles, drawing toxins out from deep within the muscles and body, allowing it to flush them away and revitalise the area with fresh blood and nutrients.
These toxins are a result of the congestion of Qi and blood in the body. This congestion can be the source of local pain, as in the ancient Chinese saying "where there is pain, there is no free flow".
Cups also may be applied with a lighter pressure by a therapist to specific acupuncture points with the purpose of stimulating the functioning of organs within the body.
After cups have been applied there may be marks remaining in the treated area, known as Sha, which usually disappear within a few days after treatment.
These marks reflect the toxins which have been brought to the surface, their depth of colour indicating the amount of toxin being released.
After cupping it is recommended to ensure a good intake of water in the following days to best assist the body in clearing these marks and toxins away. Keeping the treated area warm and covered also benefits the healing process during this period.
Cupping may be used as a stand-alone therapy but is more commonly utilised in conjunction with a massage or acupuncture treatment.
If you have any concerns about marks or discomfort following Ba Sha, be sure to discuss them with Jason at Dantian Health in Melbourne, Victoria.
Consultations with the Dantian Health Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic in Brunswick are exclusively by appointment