More people have been turning to ancient Chinese Medicine after Western techniques fail. While many Americans have become familiar with acupuncture, there is another lesser known method for those suffering with chronic pain known as “cupping”. Cupping is a technique in which a glass cup is heated from the inside by fire and placed on areas of the body. The cup creates a suction which pulls at the skin believed to suck out the toxins from the specific area. Although this is strange technique many have found it to be very successful in reducing their pain. Other benefits to cupping include reduced swelling, better breathing, and patients are said to have more energy.
From magazines to TV commercials to email blasts, age-defying products and strategies are many. April L. Schulte-Barclay, DAOM, Lac explains that halting aging starts with the health of our lungs. She states that from a TCM prospective, the skin is an outcropping of the lungs. By keeping our lungs healthy, we are boosting our immune system, channeling the energy to be active and supporting the healthy look and feel of our skin. To keep our lungs healthy, Dr. Schulte-Barclay suggests ingesting broccoli, carrots and kale and keeping away from wheat, dairy, alcohol and sugar, which encourages phlegm and dampness.