Fire Cupping

Fire Cupping

Cupping is a unique therapy that is widely used by many different practitioners today. It is a therapy in which a jar (cup) is attached to the skin surface, which in turn pulls on the tissue underneath it. Some practitioners may only use cupping as a soft tissue therapy to relieve pain. Acupuncturists have been trained in the many different uses of cupping.

Types of Cups: We use two types of jars (cups). A glass cup, which is transparent so you can see the level of local congestion you are causing and control treatment accordingly, or a plastic cup which is also transparent. Other types of cups that may be used are made of bamboo, or other substances (animal horns were used as cups in ancient times).

Methods: At True Health & Wellness we use two techniques when cupping therapy is performed.

Fire Cupping: This method is used with glass jars to create a negative pressure and adhere the jar to the skin. The cups can be left in one spot (over acupuncture points), moved along acupuncture meridians, or quickly adhered to the skin & removed repeatedly. This method usually lasts 5 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes. The fire used creates a warming function during the cupping therapy. Fire cupping may be used by an acupuncturist for tight, sore, or cold muscles. This method may also be used to help with symptoms of cold/flu, coughing, wheezing, muscle sprain/strains, fibromyalgia, and more!

Stationary Cupping: Plastic jars are used with a pump, which creates a negative pressure to adhere the cup to the skin. This method is used when many areas are being targeted at once, when areas like the knee/shoulder are involved, or when a warming function is not required. This method can last anywhere from 5-15 minutes or as needed.

Indications: The cupping therapy has a function of warming and promoting the free flow of qi and blood in the meridians, which is why it is a great therapy for soft tissue issues (sprains/strains). Cupping therapy can also be used for dispelling dampness, and diminishing swelling and pain. It can be used to treat symptoms of pain in the low back, shoulders, and legs. It is also used for gastrointestinal disorders including stomachache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cupping can also be applied to cases of lung disease with symptoms of coughing and asthma.

Precautions: Cupping is not used on patients with certain pre-existing conditions (edema, ulcers, high fevers, or pregnant women). There will be a bruise in the area where the therapy was done which may last several days. Sometimes small blisters may occur. Be sure to see a licensed acupuncturist to get the most out of your cupping therapy!

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Steroids And Adrenals

Steroids & Adrenal Side Effects

A new study conducted in Europe showed that a significant number of people who stopped steroid use (prescribed for asthma and allergies) showed signs of malfunctioning in their adrenal glands.

Adrenal Glands:

These glands are found on top of your kidneys and are made up of two parts. They are in charge of producing hormones that help with deal with stress and regulate blood pressure. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that can become serious. It can happen when the body has to deal with long sustained stressors, injuries, serious illness, and even surgeries.


Common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, and salt cravings.


Corticosteroids are used to help fight inflammation in a wide range of conditions and mimic the hormone cortisol, which is made by the adrenals. While on corticosteroids the body makes less of its natural hormones, so once you start to come off the drugs your body takes a while to get its natural hormone production up to normal levels. During this in-between period you may undergo adrenal insufficiency.

The researchers looked at 74 published articles looking at different dosage and types of corticosteroid use, as well as patients’ likelihood of acquiring adrenal sufficiency after treatment.

Risk of adrenal insufficiency was found to be highest in those who took corticosteroids orally or by injection. Risks were lower in those who inhaled, used nasal treatment, or topical treatment.

When looking at asthma patients: those who used in inhalers were at a 7% risk of developing adrenal insufficiency compared to 44% risk in those who used oral medications.

Those who took higher doses of steroids were also found to be at increased risk for adrenal insufficiency compared to those taking low doses.

What you can do:

  • Those on high or long term doses of steroids should be given bracelets that will identify them as being at risk.
  • Be sure you talk to your doctor about the risks, symptoms, and possible side effects before undergoing any medical procedure or taking any prescription.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle, and reduce stressors as much as possible.
  • Try to reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies naturally through diet, exercise, acupuncture, and chiropractic.


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Summer Stressors

Summer Environmental Stressors

Summer is almost here, and that means an increase in environmental stressors. If you are going to be heading outdoors more, you may run into seasonal problems associated with the weather and environment. You want to be sure your body is ready for problems it may encounter this summer.

Important body systems:

Respiratory: Aids in the histamine response.

Immunity: Helps fight off foreign substances coming into your body.

Liver: Supports immunity and helps detoxify the body.

Spleen/Stomach: Helps absorb nutrition and is where a lot of your immune system resides.

Adrenals: When you are stressed, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Long-term stress can weaken the immune system.

If you are planning big trips this summer, or just a lot of weekend getaways, be sure you are giving your body proper nutrition to support these systems. You may look to the benefits of natural, whole food supplements to help boost these areas. Take the time now to get your body prepared for a healthy summertime full of fun! Talk to your acupuncturist/chiropractor to see what you can do to improve your health and wellness.

How to minimize contact with environmental stressors:

  • Take clothes used outside off once entering your home and wash them as soon as possible.
  • Take shoes off before bringing them through the house.
  • Take a shower after spending time outdoors.
  • Think about investing in an air purifier for your home. You may want to use your air conditioner instead of keeping windows opened (be sure your vents are clean, and change out any old filters).
  • Avoid touching your face when outside. Germs/pollen can enter your body through your nose, ears, eyes and mouth.
  • Wear the proper equipment when doing activities outdoors (gloves, face shields, etc.).
  • Be sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Be mindful of the weather outside (windy/dry days may have increased environmental stressors in the air) and limit activity as needed.


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