Cupping and/or Gua Sha (phone consultation required for first time acupuncture patients)


Not for first time patients without a phone consultation before appointment.  Patient must have had inital visit with evaluation. Cupping and/or Gua Sha are frequently used during initial visit.

Choose either Cupping or Gua Sha or combine them both for 30 minutes for stimulating blood flow and encouraging healing.


Chinese cupping therapy is a process of suctioning or vacuuming sections of the body’s meridian system for the purpose of drawing out toxins, pain management, increasing blood flow, and promoting a healthier flow of Chi Energies.

Gua Sha

The “gua” of Gua Sha refers to the scraping action, along the skin, using the Gua Sha tool. Usually massage oil or some other lubricant is first applied to the skin. Areas of the body where this technique is particularly effective include the neck, back, shoulders, hips/buttocks, legs and arms.  The “sha” of Gua Sha refers to the red, blue or purplish marks that come to the surface during a Gua Sha treatment. This is the stagnant blood that had been trapped in the tissues, but now has been released, allowing blood and qi to circulate more freely in those areas. The marks usually disappear within 2-3 days after the treatment.  Gua Sha tends to be really effective in treating stiff or sore muscles, and is wonderful also for releasing the heat and stagnation (particularly in the upper back, neck and top of shoulders) associated with the common cold. It can also be used as part of a preventative health-care regimen.


Both of these treatment can leave temporary marks and slight bruising.  Please discuss with Practitioner prior to session.

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