Fire Cupping

Did you know that bruises which appear with cupping, are fundamentally different than bruises from trauma?

A bruise from trauma is very sensitive to the touch, while the bruise from cupping feels actually comfortable. Trauma causes the destruction of blood vessels and tissue. Cupping lifts the tissue, pulls stagnant fluid to the surface and allows blood and nutrients to perfuse the area. It is not comparable to a massage where tissue is compressed.

As it implies, fire is introduced into a cup to create the vacuum and heat up the glass. The warmth aids the softening of the tissue and works great for reaching deeper layers (muscle). This form of cupping is also well suited for chronic pain which responds to heat.

Fire Cupping



Monk Fruit

Lou Han Guo aka Monk Fruit (Siraitia grosvenorii)

Monk Fruit or to be exact: the extracted mogrosides have been found 150-200 times sweeter that sucrose (table sugar). Its use as a sweetener is considered to be safe by the FDA (final ruling 8/2016 on GRAS notice), and the American Diabetes Association gives it two thumbs up for not raising blood sugar levels. Continue reading “Monk Fruit”