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Chicago Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy was developed thousands of years ago, dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures to treat internal diseases and structural problems. Cupping therapy is believed to promote blood flow as a way of motivating the body to heal naturally. Apart from some critics who describe cupping therapy as a “placebo effect” or “anecdotal,” research about cupping therapy has concluded that it is highly effective when combined with acupuncture or other alternative medicines. However, as with any method of treatment, more research can be done to understand how it specifically treats some conditions. Most people are curious about the same thing, and, to be honest, many scientists are looking for a logical explanation as well. For instance, how does cupping therapy reduce pain (e.g., joint pain, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain)? How does this method treat soreness, fatigue, anxiety, and stress? Well, we have the answers at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago, and we completely understand the science behind cupping therapy. The point is that the Chicago acupuncturists at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center know how it can help you.

The acupuncturists at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center are firm believers in following evidence-based practices. Call us today at (773) 786-9119 to schedule an appointment in Chicago. Most acupuncture offices in Chicago will offer you cupping therapy. Whether they understand how to utilize it to the fullest of its ability is unknown. However, what we do know is that we do it correctly, and the results that our patients receive are clear indications of our success.


Cupping therapy is one of those treatments that utilizes natural elements to accomplish a specific result. How it works involves a little more than just putting a set of cups on the area that you want to treat. Here’s a quick breakdown. Essentially, the treatment begins by placing a flammable substance (e.g., paper, herbs, alcohol, etc.) inside of the cup and lighting it on fire. As the fire dissolves, the practitioner will turn the cup upside down and place it on the problem are of the body. This is done several times with many cups, depending on the size of the affected area. When the hot air in the cup begins to cool down, the cooling air creates a suction inside of the cup that causes the patient’s skin to rise, redden, and feel pulled as the blood vessels begin to expand. The suction in the cup will create blood flow, which will help reduce inflammation and pain. This will generally last from 10-15 minutes, depending on the condition.

At Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago, our doctors utilize cupping therapy for patients, and we are dedicated to helping our patients recover from a wide range of conditions by providing this safe and effective technique in a relaxing environment.

If you are experiencing decreased quality of life because of a muscular soreness and/or tightness, joint pain, back problems, and/or stress, come see the skilled cupping therapy professionals at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago today. For more information on how cupping therapy can help you, call us at (773) 786-9119 to schedule cupping therapy treatment today! Remember, the longer you wait, the worse your symptoms will become.

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