Cupping Therapy
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Learn about the natural health benefits of Cupping Therapy & find an Cupping Therapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.


Fact:  Animal horns were originally used.  Formerly known as the ‘horn technique’.
Origin:  China
Founded By: The famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281–341 A.D)
Therapy Type:  Energy Healing


The ancient Chinese method of cupping is a method of draining excess fluids, stimulating the nervous system and encouraging blood flow along with lymph to affected areas and inactive muscles.  This may ease inflammation or scarring, such as stretch marks, varicose veins and stubborn knots.  The cups on the skin work as a type of vacuum by way of heat or suction; they may be placed on the skin or moved slowly over the skin, whilst the suction is occurring which is referred to as ‘gliding’.
Cupping therapy, through deeper investigation, is believed to be the best method of opening the meridians of the body.  Energy flows through every organ and tissue and passes through these meridians, five of which are on the back of our body.  Once these meridians are opened, a person can benefit from invigorating energy which can be passed through the entire body.
Moreover, Cupping therapy has been known to facilitate the release of toxins, clear colon blockages, stimulate the lymphatic system.  The therapy can also activate and clear the veins, capillaries and arteries as Cupping can still be effective four inches deep of the body’s tissues.


Cupping Therapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Abdominal Pain   
  • Aching Muscles/Joints
  • Acne       
  • Addictions           
  • Allergies   
  • Anxiety   
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma           
  • Back/Neck/Shoulder Pain
  • Bronchitis   
  • Chronic Colitis       
  • Chronic Cough       
  • Chronic Fatigue   
  • Chronic Pain           
  • Common Cold       
  • Constipation           
  • Circulation Problems   
  • Diarrhoea           
  • Depression                   
  • Dermatitis/Eczema           
  • Digestive Problems       
  • Ear Ache/Glue Ear/Deafness
  • Eating Disorders
  • Flu/Influenza
  • Headaches/Migraines/Fever
  • Heart Burn/Indigestion
  • Hormone/Thyroid Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Immune System Dysfunction
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (ISD)
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Cramps/Pain/Stiffness
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatism
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Stress – Emotional/Physical
  • Tonsillitis



The therapist will apply a number of cups to your body.  Firstly the therapist creates a vacuum within each cup by using a naked flame which can then be placed onto the skin. oil is applied to allow the therapist to glide the cup over the skin.The suction created within the cup draws the area of skin underneath up into the cup a few millimeters.  The cups usually remain on the affected area for approximately 10 minutes.  During this time, the skin slowly starts to redden due to the increased blood flow which also nourishes the muscles and aids the removal of toxins.  Whilst this technique draws out the inflammation from the problem area, the treatment should also prevent further issues. Cupping is a soothing and comforting therapy.  The Cupping technique can be described as a deep, warm sensation with a sense of tingling, which can last long after the end of the session.  Additionally, bruises or red welts may appear from the treated areas due to waste products being raised to the skin for secretion from the body.  Importantly, such temporary markings are not the result of any tissue trauma or broken vessels.  The marks may last from two to seven days.  Whilst the waste products clear from the body, a feeling of fatigue may be experienced.  During this time it is wise to rest and drink water in small amounts whenever possible.


Most people find Cupping Therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body.  It is also extremely safe and non-invasive when carried out by a qualified therapist.  It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the International Self Realization Healing Association NZ (ISRHA).  Cupping Therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment.  These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Cupping Practitioners within your region.  We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.

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