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Ancient Art of Cupping Alleviates Pain

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Acupuncture Is Still an Effective Pain Relief

Despite the modernization of medical facilities and the alternative healing techniques that are available in some hospitals and private clinics, some ancient practices still thrive.  Acupuncture for instance, dates back to ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine which has survived until today.

Acupuncture and cupping is used in a variety of ways. Commonly, patients want to get rid of toxins in their bodies. Others found it effective to relieve body pains. Specifically, back, neck and shoulder pains are relieved with cupping and these are the areas where the cups are placed.

Curious how the cupping is done?

Kelly Conrad, despite getting some bruises from a cupping session, feels proud of the round marks on her body. She is unashamed to let others know that she is enjoying acupuncture and reaping its’ healing benefits.

The actual cupping

Conrad, 53, was introduced to cupping in 2008 by her acupuncturist while living in Sarasota, Fla. As a freelance editor and writer, Conrad spends a lot of time hunched over at a keyboard, resulting in pain in her neck and shoulders. Her acupuncturist told her that in conjunction with her acupuncture therapy, she might want to try cupping.

“She brought the cups in and she placed them on my shoulders,” Conrad recalled. “She had a lot of them and she put them all over my back, I didn’t know what was going on because it was on my back so I couldn’t see, but I trusted her. It hurt a lot when they were on, and she kept them on for a couple of minutes.  When she did take them off I felt this rush of relief.  My acupuncturist explained to me that when she removes the cups, fresh blood rushes into the area and brings fresh oxygen. The cupping sucks the toxins out of your blood. It just felt amazing. It was incredible that there was no more pain and I couldn’t believe it. I was just hooked. I couldn’t get enough of cupping.”

When Conrad and her family returned to Hagerstown in 2009, she had a hard time finding an acupuncturist who did cupping. A friend suggested West, who this year is celebrating 15 years being an acupuncturist in Hagerstown. In the fall of 2014, Conrad made her first appointment.

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