Olympian Michael Phelps Swears by Cupping, Should You Try It?

By Roy Liu, C.M.D.

Cupping therapy and Acupuncture have thousands of years of history in China. Cupping is a therapy in which a jar ('cup') is attached to the skin's surface for a few minutes, creating a suction which causes local 'congestion', pulling blood to a region which stimulates healing. This happens via the removal of air in the jar. This method has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and blood in the channels, diminishing swelling and pain, dispelling cold, toxins and blockages. It promotes relaxation, improved health and well-being.

Cupping therapy is mainly used to treat arthritis, sports injuries, various nervous conditions, diseases in the gastrointestinal region and the region of the lungs. According to the traditional Chinese Medicine theory, after Cupping, the local area becomes flushed or appears bruised. This is a normal condition. It is highly recommended to have an experienced and licensed Acupuncturist diagnose any problems before you try Cupping therapy.

Prof. Liu also specializes in the treatment of numerous conditions, including: weight loss, stopping unhealthy cravings (nicotine, drug, sugar), Sciatica pain, migraine, infertility, tendonitis, arthritis, asthma, allergies, diabetes, fatigue, insomnia, ulcers, skin problems, addictive disorders and much more.

Prof. Roy Liu earned his degree in Chinese Medicine (C.M.D.) at the Chinese Medicine College of Najing, and his degree in Western Medicine (M.D.) at the medical school of Souzhou. He trained under three of the most renowned Chinese Herbalist and Pharmacologists, and conducted research at the Chinese Medicine Institute and Teaching Hospital for over 14 years.

In 1989, Prof. Liu came to Canada and opened "Joy of Herbs", the first Chinese Acupuncture and Herb Clinic in Windsor, Ontario. In 1996, he expanded his practice to the U.S. and in 2002 was asked by Henry Ford Hospital to help them establish the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine located in Novi, MI. Prof. Liu is the first Chinese Medicine Doctor at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to Cupping therapy, his wide range of healing therapies include Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupressure and Massage.

He is located at 23700 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI. To set an appointment or if you have any questions, please contact Roy Liu, CMD, at 248-880-0265. For more information visit: www.joyofherb.org

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