acupressure, acupuncture and cupping

What's the difference between acupuncture, acupressure & cupping?

acupressure, acupuncture and cupping

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic approach to healing that can be beneficial for a wide range of ailments. Acupressure, acupuncture, and cupping are all techniques that fall under the umbrella of TCM. They are used to heal injuries, cure ailments and maintain good health.

Acupressure is a form of massage therapy that uses finger pressure on points of the body. It is believed to unblock qi (energy) which can help to bring your body back to balance.

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into specific points on your skin called acupoints. These are located at various points along the body’s meridians (or channels). It is often sought by people who are experiencing physical pain and need relief quickly. 

Cupping involves using cups with suctions that draws out toxins from the body and improves your blood circulation, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It is often associated with anti-ageing and promoting youthful skin through the stimulation of collagen. 

Whilst acupuncture and cupping are both Ancient Eastern practices, acupressure is a Western adaptation of TCM. An effective practise that dates back over 5000 years in China to bring your mind and body back to balance. Acupressure uses the same principles as acupuncture but with finger pressure instead of needles. If you have ever been to a massage therapist, you’ve probably given them feedback on how much pressure they were using. You can also do this during an acupressure session. This allows the acupressurist to tune in to you and deliver just the right amount of pressure to each point on your body.

Our 24K Gold Plated Ear Seeds are an accessible and convenient way to use acupressure to heal from the comfort of your home or on-the-go when you need a reset or instant relief. Ear Seeds stimulate pressure points in your ears to help clear up any qi (energy) blockages. In TCM, resolving these blockages helps alleviate a variety of health conditions.

You may be wondering what physiological effects these three different therapies have on the body. Well, for starters, all three therapies have the ability to soothe a variety of physical ailments as well as treating your mental or emotional wellbeing.

  1. They all stimulate blood circulation, which improves immunity and promotes relaxation.
  2. They help ease pain by releasing natural endorphins in your body that block pain signals sent from pain receptors in your skin.
  3. They are effective at calming anxiety and bringing your mind and body back to balance.

While there are many forms of these therapies, it's important to consult with a TCM practitioner to determine which method would work best for you.

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