For the past couple years I have been hosting and teaching therapeutic cupping to other practicioners.  Here is some of the information we learn in the class.

History of Cupping Therapy.

Cupping is mentioned in the West as far back as Herodotus around 400BC, in Egypt around 1550 BC in the Papyrus Ebers, and in China, it has roots that go back thousands of years.  Of course, there are many techniques of cupping, but one can safely assume that the original techniques were used to release pus and other poisons for either injuries, illnesses, bites or the like.  In the West, it became a common practice to remove poisons or ‘morbid humors’ and this usually necessitated cuts to release one of the humors, for example, blood.   This is most like the more modern ‘Wet’ cupping or ‘Hijamma’, (Hijamat  Bilashurt) which we will not practice in this workshop.  Prior to our modern western medicine as we know it were many odd theories and techniques. Only some have stood up to real scrutiny and the tests of time and scientific study.

  1. The theory of four humors (fluids) in the body. The four humors are blood, pus, bile and black bile… Humors:
    1. Blood: in vessels, heart, arteries, veins, capillaries as well as reservoirs of liver, spleen, pancreas and uterus.
    2. Phlegm: lymph nodes, stomach, lung, respiratory tract, bronchi, brain, vertebral column, sinuses, and spleen.
    3. Yellow bile: gall bladder, liver, spleen, stomach, small intestine (all parts) and some capillaries.
    4. Black Bile: Spleen, veins of the liver, stomach, large intestine, joints, bones, peripheral nerves, hypochondriac region.

Once a humor is aggravated or disturbed or gets too excessive it builds up in a receptacle, (spleen, liver, uterus etc.) then it will overflow and can spread and overcome other functions causing disease.  This is considered archaic and has little basis in physiology.    The humors are considered in relation to quality and quantity.  Some are thickened and some are thinned with disease processes.  Some are sticky or too slippery, or hot or cold etc…

Of course we do not hear about these any more from medical doctors, for good reason.  They are not accurate.

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People come in asking about cleanses. When it comes to the liver I always use this picture (the whole scene really) as a good example of how the liver can work.
In this scene Lucy and Ethel get a job boxing chocolates… (think of them as the liver itself, sorting and packaging toxins and nutrients correctly to be either used, stored or excreted…) In the process they become overwhelmed by the amount of chocolates on the conveyor belt. This results in a hilarious thought process on Lucy and Ethel’s part in that they put them in their pockets, down their shirts and in their mouths to keep them from going off the conveyor… (think of this as the liver, if overwhelmed, will store the toxins in fat, or keep it in circulation where it can irritate the other tissues. Now, keep in mind the liver is an amazing machine that sorts and coordinates the distribution of nutrients and toxins. It is an amazing detoxifying laboratory and makes many of the things our bodies need to keep healthy… It is also a store house for sugars and vitamins we need. The idea to take from this is that when your system is overloaded or that your ‘liver’ does not work as well it can cause havoc and build up toxins in fat tissue that CANNOT be released until there is enough time and such for the liver. Clean out your conveyor belt by doing a fast, cleanse the colon and small intestine… it will get everything out of the system for a time and let the liver catch up. Do a liver cleanse (empty those pockets Lucy!) and clean up. A full cleanse takes time, but intermittent breaks are a great way to give the whole system a rest and improve its effectiveness.
Message me for a weekend cleanse plan. It is easy, promise…
Check out my video on cleanse hacks here:  https://youtu.be/Ax8cmch_usY
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Dr. Sean’s Combo Cleanse…

I have been using cleanses, prescribing them, researching them and combining them for over 20 years with really good success.  Any cleanse you do is a good thing.  Some require an amazing amount of time, and in my experience that is only sometimes true.  A small cleanse is better than no cleanse at all.

Cleanse:  If you want, do any of the steps for three days, but stagger them, at least one day.  So Day 1, salad, Day 2 salad AND bowel cleanse, Day 3 Salad, bowel cleanse AND Gall bladder cleanse.  You can use the master cleanse throughout or do it at another time.

  1. Larger roughage salad, kale, celery, spinach, okra, anything with LOTS of fiber. This is something you have to CHEW a lot… it stimulates the whole digestive system to work and gets the parasympathetic nervous system a boost. This will help you relax actually… The next steps won’t… lol..  The idea is that with chewing you stimulate the entire digestive system to start up.  This gets the part of your nervous system (the parasympathetic) to work, secreting mucus throughout the system, creating enzymes, and special secretions for the food.  Add nuts too that way you really have to work out the jaw.   I buy a big family size variety pack from the store.  No reason to get all organic yet but that is an option.    Juicing, although nice.  Is not an option for this cleanse…

 

  1. OR: DO this broth and Veggie stew. Very rich in minerals.  Get one of every vegetable you can find that grows UNDER ground.  Beets, Carrots, Potato, Parsnips, Celery root, Rutabagas, etc… set in a large pot with LOTS of water, bring to boil and then simmer for up to an hour.  All the vegetables will likely be mash but it is the water that you want.  Eat those veggies with light seasoning for each of the days and drink the broth… all of it…

 

 

  1. Next day…. Bowel cleanse… (eat the salad or ‘stew’ as well today) Think of how many times a day you have a bowel movement.  Go for three times that much over a day or up to three to really clean out.  Think of how much food you eat each sitting, a handful?  Two? Three?   You should at least be releasing half that right?  There are five OPTIONS choose one or two or do them on separate days… If they are strong, be careful with the dosage, it just makes the whole bowel release and it can be a doozy if you are not near easy access to the restroom.  You have been warned… LOL  (I speak from experience)   Here they are listed from easiest to most aggressive.
    1. Senna tea: not as strong as the Cascara, you can use this frequently.  This one is good for kids too.
    2. Vitamin C… 2,000 mg, then follow with 250 to 500 mg each hour until you get results. This is a good one if you are just hanging out at home. It is not too dramatic but release can be pretty voluminous.
    3. Cascara sagrada tea: This is strong, be prepared.   It is a smooth muscle stimulant.  You will get lots of gurgling and maybe even some cramping.  That means it is working.  Be strong, and fast.
    4. Magnesium Citrate: Get it at the drug store, strong too, but dosed well.  Usually lemon flavored.  This is well measured, the Epsom salt listed below is variable and more ‘powerful’.
    5. Epsom Salts: drink in your least favorite juice…  You will know why later.  This is STRONG… read label on carton for more.  Can get results within half an hour…

 

  1. Gall Bladder cleanse, do a day of the bowel cleanse first… So this day, have the salad or stew, also do the bowel cleanse and THIS.
    1. Get ¼ cup olive oil…
    2. Get ¼ cup lemon juice. Real is best, but do what you can.
    3. Mix and drink it ½ hour before bed. Lie on RIGHT side.
    4. Although some have more release from the bowel, and sometimes foamy, or ‘different’ some have no change at all. You may feel tingling or gurgling in the gut especially when lying on the right side.  This is the gall bladder emptying.  This will help get the liver to move bile through and clean itself out.

 

  1. You can also do the Master Cleanse at the same time… I modify it… Here is how. I make a bunch a head of time and drink it over the next few days.  Can use it AS ‘the cleanse’ too if you do not take any food during that time.  Can use up to 20 days with food or 10 without…
    1. 16oz water
    2. One teaspoon chlorophyll (good for liver) (OPTIONAL)
    3. Ginger (good for liver and gut) Juice or grated and juiced… about ½ teaspoon. (OPTIONAL)
    4. One teaspoon maple syrup (grade B is best) Or can use Black strap molasses (it has more minerals)
    5. 1/10th teaspoon cayenne pepper.
    6. Juice of 1 lemon or two tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar.

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Acupuncture and scar tissue:

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.

Acupuncture and scar tissue:

 

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.

 

 

 

Acupuncture and scar tissue:

 

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.The Office site!