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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Mid-Oct Update: True Health & Wellness

True Health & Wellness: Mid-October Update

Spooky October Savings: We are giving all new patients an extra special treat for October. Spooky low prices on your first visit will have you on your way towards better health & wellness. Get your nervous system tuned up in time for Halloween!

We are lowering our prices to help new patients get their health on track, offering $20 for their first visit, which includes a chiropractic or acupuncture consultation, examination, and first treatment.  ($140 savings!)*.

New Patient Visits may include*

  • Full history
  • Full physical exam
  • Acupuncture or Chiropractic treatment (these may include acupuncture, spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, cupping, gui-sha, kinesio-taping, nutritional counseling)

Welcome Our New Chiropractor: We have the honor of having the presence of a fantastic Chiropractor Dr. Athena Su-Le at True Health & Wellness. She is committed to bringing patients the best and latest treatments available. She is certified in Graston Technique, which incorporates the use of tool assisted tissue therapy to help patients recover from acute and chronic issues. She is dedicated to bringing patients the best care possible.

She will be offering FREE Graston soft tissue therapy sessions** to familiarize our current and new patients who are interested.

Book a session today!

Date: 10/19/15 – 11/11/15

Call Dr. Athena directly at: (714) 224-6079

Call the office: (657) 333-6061


Insurance Coverage: True Health & Wellness is able to provide coverage for American Specialty Health (ASH) plans starting this October! We also are able to accept most PPO’s, Blue Shield, and Medicare. We are happy to call and see what coverage you may have available by your insurance provider. If you are unsure about your coverage, let us find out for you!

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October Raffle: We are giving our monthly winner a $25 gift card to The Lost Bean! Get a spooky coffee or tea and treat yourself!

How to enter: Everyone who receives either acupuncture or chiropractic treatment at True Health & Wellness for the month of September will be given an entry to the raffle. Our winner will be drawn at random at the end of the month. It could be you! 

Office Hour Changes:

October 15th-18th: Dr. Nathan Yeargin will be out of the office

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12721 Newport Ave Suite 2

Tustin, CA 92780

Mon-Fri:     9am-12pm &


Sat & Sun: By appointment only


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*Some restrictions and/or exclusions may apply. One new or returning patient (not under care for more than 3 months) visit per person, laboratory and radiological tests are not included and may be needed at an extra cost before treatment can proceed.

** Some restrictions and/or exclusions may apply. One session per person. Sessions will include an evaluation and one area of treatment if deemed safe.

Icing Your Injury

Should You Ice Your Injury?

Cryotherapy, or icing injuries of all types, is a common practice. You will find ice packs as a staple modality in many health clinics around the world, but using an ice pack on your injuries does not have much scientific backing to support its use. Here is a breakdown of the issue and why you shouldn’t always use ice on your injuries.

Research: Localized inflammation after an acute injury is your body’s way of repairing and healing the area. Prolonged use of ice to an area alters blood flow and disrupts the body’s chemical healing process. The latest research shows that icing injuries does not improve outcomes, and for acute injuries it can impair healing.

In Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): Ice is hardly (if at all) mentioned as a healing modality in this ancient healthcare system. Cold is considered one of the “Six Excesses” (along with damp, summer-heat, fire, wind, and dryness), which can cause disease. For cases of acute injury (often diagnosed in TCM as qi & blood Stagnation) practitioners use a reducing method to remove stagnation and help restore the body resistance. Never was ice mentioned as a form of treatment.

How Ice May Help: A few minutes of ice applied to an area of pain may reduce pain.

What to do with an acute injury:

  • Only use ice sparingly to help reduce pain.
  • If excess swelling happens, use body movements and light exercise to pump the buildup out of the area. This is important for healthy injury recovery.
  • Prolonged or excess swelling can become a concern. See your doctor if this occurs.
  • Chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, light massage, Kinesiology tape, and analgesic rubs such as Biofreeze may be able to help reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
  • Chiropractic care, acupuncture, exercise, and diet may also help prevent injuries.


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