What is Cupping?

Cupping involves heating up a specially designed glass cup and placing this on the skin. The heat inside the cup creates suction and draws the skin and superficial muscles up into the cup. The strength of the suction will depend on the amount of heat used.

Due to the drawing up motion of cupping, the muscles are stretched which provides good relief from pain. Cupping can also be used to draw cold and stagnation out of the body. This can help restore blood flow to areas or particular body functions.

Cupping is mostly done on the back over acupuncture points. The cups are usually in place for about 15 minutes and can be moved from one spot to another. Cupping is not painful but may leave some bruising like marks on the back. It is possible cupping may blister the skin if left on for too long, an attentive qualified practitioner will reduce this risk significantly.

For more information on cupping check our FAQ section.

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Nick Conquest

Nick founded Gardenvale Traditional Chinese Medicine in Brighton.  He is a nationally registered practitioner (AHPRA) of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. He is also an accredited member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association (AACMA). Now, for over 20 years Nick has been actively working in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)in the Brighton area.  His work involves detailed consultations with his patients involving Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and nutritional advice.

Nick studied under Professor Zheng at the College of TCM in Melbourne.  After completing his studies, he worked within an internship program at the Hubei Chinese Medicine Hospital in Wuhan, China for one year.  His time in China was spent working within the Acupuncture Department and the Gastro Intestinal and Respiratory Internal Medical Departments. Nick has completed a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, focusing on chronic illness and women’s health.

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Lexi Newman

Lexi is a nationally registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist. She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne. Lexi is also a qualified Holistic Kinesiologist and Counsellor and has been working in this field for the past 15 years.

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