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Cupping and Gua Sha services at Lake Oswego Acupuncture clinic

Try cupping and Gua Sha to help you feel get out of pain and even reduce wrinkles. 

We offer cupping and Gua Sha at our Greer & Upstate clinic.

What Is All The Hype About Cupping?

You may be familiar with cupping after the last Olympics seeing photos of swimmers like Micheal Phelps with cupping marks all over his back. 

Cupping is a type of modality that uses glass cups and creates a suction on the skin. Patients report it feeling like a deep tissue massage and find it very relaxing. Cupping can treat musculo-skeletal pain and stiffness like back and shoulder pain, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, asthma, common cold, couching, cellulite and weight loss.  It is even used to reduce wrinkles!


The Benefits Of Cupping:

  • Promote blood circulation to tissue

  • Relieve muscle tension and pain  

  • Reduce inflammation 

  • Remove stagnation of blood, lymph, dead

cells, and toxins deep within an area of the body 



Cupping and gua sha offered at Vibrant Life Acupuncture

Cupping does leave marks that resemble a bruise, but it is not a bruise.  These marks mean that there is a deep level of stagnation and blockages, toxins deep within the tissue and the cups pull it out allowing healthy blood and Qi flow to heal the area.  These markings do disappear within a few days.  

Can Cupping Your Face Really Help With Wrinkles?

Facial cupping uses a different techniques and specific cups to help rejuvenate your skin. 

Facial Cupping Works....

Smooths out wrinkles

Tones facial muscles

Stimulates collagen production

Reduces puffiness


We working for facial rejuvenation, you will not have cupping marks on your face. Your skin will look bright, glowing, and toned. We have trained practitioners who can perform this technique safely. 

Gua Sha Therapy

Gua sha therapy has similar actions like cupping, but instead of the suction's pulling effects Gua Sha works by scraping the tissue. 

 Gua Sha technique uses a smooth surface tool and with slight pressure to scrape the skin repeatedly until it turns red. This technique also leaves marks that may resemble bruising, which will about 3 days.

Gua Sha is used to treat musculo-skeletal conditions of pain, spasms and stiffness, release excess heat from fevers, common cold, and asthma.

Benefits Of Gua Sha Therapy:

  • Reduce inflammation and pain

  • Stimulating the immune system

  • Removes stagnation and toxic cellular buildup within the tissues

  • Promotes the circulation of Qi, blood and lymph to the tissue so the body can heal a particular area

Gua Sha Facial 

It is used in facial rejuvenation with a very soft technique without leaving marks on the face. It helps reduce wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles around the eyes. 

Image by Brittani Burns

Not sure if cupping or Gua Sha is for you?

Reach out and we can help answer any questions you have about cupping and Gua Sha. 

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