What is Cupping (in Anoka, MN)?

What is Cupping?

Like acupuncture, cupping is a centuries-old therapy used under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment in Anoka and works well for treating muscle pain tension and many other issues.

How is Cupping Done?

Cupping therapy should be a painless procedure and can involve plastic cups with a hand pump being used to achieve suction or glass cups using fire to achieve suction with the skin. Don’t worry- the fire never comes in contact with the skin and the glass does not become hot enough to burn the skin!

Be sure to have someone do cupping who is specially trained,

such as a licensed acupuncturist!

Cupping with glass cups:

  • An alcohol-soaked cotton ball is lit on fire
  • This creates a vacuum inside glass cups
  • Cups are then quickly placed on the skin

(Fire is removed before cups contact skin)

  • Cups stay suctioned to skin due to negative pressure
  • Cups are usually left on for around 10-15 minutes

Cupping with plastic cups: Plastic cups are secured using hand-pump.

Why choose cupping for pain relief?

  • Cupping has no side effects (besides temporary discoloration to treated area) and is a non-habit forming treatment, un-like some medications.
  • Cupping is a useful treatment for muscular pain like back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. 
  • Cupping relieves muscle tension pain caused by stagnation in the tissues

Remember seeing red circles on the back of Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Michael Phelps? He used cupping in between Olympic races in order to improve circulation in the muscles!

How does it work?

  • Cupping therapy works by releasing stagnation and pain from the meridians or channels (energy pathways) of the body to relieve pain.
  • Cupping drains toxins and pathogens to promote circulation.
  • Cupping moves lymph to detoxify the blood to strengthen the immune system.

What does Cupping treat?

Cupping treats muscular pain and muscle spasms, relieve pain, back pain, muscle tightness, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain from stress and old injuries such as auto accident, cough, allergies, asthma, wheezing and sinus issues due to allergies, asthma and bronchitis.

  • Poor breathing, wheezing and cough with asthma or bronchitis
  • Blood circulation of the muscles in the back, neck and shoulders
  • Promotes circulation of the lymph
  • muscle pain due to old injuries
  • Muscle tension
  • Stress

Cupping helps with muscle and lymph circulation, and is helpful for the prevention of cold and flu by draining toxins and pathogens, which promotes circulation of the lymphatic system, cleaning the blood and lymph, and thereby strengthening the immune system.

Cupping is used for muscle tension and pain, most commonly for tight shoulders and back pain. Many patients find cupping as an add-on treatment to acupuncture helps loosen tight muscles for longer-lasting relief when muscle spasms or knots in the muscles are present.

Cupping can help relieve muscle tension headaches when added to acupuncture treatment.

Ask about our discount cupping price when cupping therapy is added onto acupuncture appointment.


Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Be sure to read next week’s blog; Acupuncture for Allergies

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school. Read more about Aleesha’s story here.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS.

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