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Does anyone have experience with treating cellulite with acupuncture?
I have cellulite on several areas of my body. It recently occurred to me that acupuncture may help release the toxins in the cellulite and help break that tissue up. I'd love to hear any feedback if anyone has had negative or positive results in treating this condition!?
The best Chinese medicine technique for reducing the appearance of cellulite is cupping.
How Cupping Works to Reduce Cellulite
By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping loosens adhesions
and lifts connective tissue, bringing blood flow to stagnant muscles
and skin. The effect on the nervous system is sedating and is widely
used for high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue, chronic headache,
neuralgia, and rheumatism. It also helps with breaking down adhesions
and softening the appearance of cellulite. Lymph drainage using Cupping
can benefit pre- and post-operative conditions and may assist in the
Thighs, hips, buttocks, the abdomen, and arms are usually the areas
that are focused on for Weight-loss or Cellulite treatments, while more
overall treatments can be used for overall detoxification treatments.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a technique in which a glass cup or bamboo jar is suctioned
onto the body and allowed to sit for about 10 minutes. Cupping
stimulates the flow of blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area;
relieves swelling; and greatly enhances an acupuncture or
electroacupuncture treatment. Its uses include cellulite reduction,
relieving muscle pain, especially back pain from stiffness or injury;
and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur with common colds
Cupping is usually incorporated into an acupuncture of bodywork
treatment, but can be used alone. The practitioner takes a glass cup or
bamboo jar, roughly the size of a jar of baby food, and ignites a small
flame inside the cup, creating a vacuum. The cup is then quickly
applied to the body, drawing the skin up a few millimeters into the
cup. This suction stimulates the flow of blood, lymph, and Qi to the
affected area. The suction can leave red marks on the skin that last a
For cellulite treatments, oil is applied to the skin and then the
cup is moved up and down the area. This creates a sort of massage with
Each cupping session lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes and it
can be repeated, once the marks have cleared, until the condition is
Desiree Potter had acupuncture and cupping for a crick in her neck.
She tells Acufinder: ”I must have slept wrong. When I woke up I
couldn’t turn my neck. I went to see an acupuncturist who used cupping.
By the end of the treatment I could move my neck again, and after one
more appointment, the pain was completely gone and I had full range of
Potter says that cupping has a sensation all its own. “It kind of
feels like the opposite of a massage because your skin and muscles are
being * up instead of pushed down,” she says. “But it felt great and
was very relaxing.”
And the red marks? “The cups did leave dark red marks on my back
that lasted for a few days, but they did not hurt. I would definitely
get cupping again!”