A cup of good health – Nature & Health Magazine

October 2017 – With Shura Ford as expert contributor

Shura Ford, a registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, has seen a noticeable increase in the number of people seeking cupping treatment. “More people have certainly become more aware of cupping over the last few years,” she says. “People want to try it – but it’s not always what’s best for them. It’s up to practitioners to educate a patient on what is appropriate for their body.”
“In Chinese medicine, cupping removes stagnation, congestion and cold from the body,” Ford explains. “Typically it is used for coughs and colds, back pain and headaches. It’s also used to remove cold from the abdomen for women’s menstrual health and fertility, and to counter muscle tension due to emotional stress. The results are often immediate, particularly for muscle tension, headaches or respiratory congestion.”
The therapy has few reported side effects, other than the livid round marks and bruising. “Bruising from cupping can be unsightly but should be painless and will only last a short time, up to a week usually,” Ford says. “The intensity of the bruising will vary according to the amount of vacuum applied to a cup.” Bruising seems a small price to pay to experience a treatment that, in the right circumstances, can deliver fast and dramatic results. “As a practitioner I always find it lovely seeing the before and after change in a patient,” Ford says. “It’s like a weight has been lifted from their shoulders and you know you are making a difference to their quality of life.”

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