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C-U-P-P-I-N-G Spells Pain ReliefBy: Matt Furey
Best Selling Author of "Combat Conditioning"
Last night I got home around 1 a.m. - which is typical for me while in China. My wife was already in bed with our two young children. Naturally, I had something important to tell her so I woke her up.
"Zhannie, you gotta see this. It's unreal," I said, ripping my shirt off - then turning around to show her my back.
Now, my wife is no stranger to traditional Chinese medicine. She and I have gone together for accupuncture, foot massage, body massage - and cupping.
But recently, I had some pain in my chest and my brother-in-law told me he had the treatment for it. He took me to a medical massage business and found the doctor who was the best at "cupping" - a Chinese technique for removing pain, congestion, you name it.
I've been cupped before and have returned home with 12-15 darkish circles on my back - but this time the "treatment" was a completely different ballgame. This doctor really, really knew what he was doing.
On day one he massaged the painful area until I was ready to break every bone in his body. I'm telling you ... it hurt. Then he told me to return two more days in a row and the problem would be gone.
On day two the pain was no longer from the original source - it was from the brutal massage. I was reluctant to return for Day 2 - but bro-in-law convinced me that there was no other way. So I agreed.
And ... last night, he started with head massage, then trap massage. Then he beat up my already sore area some more - and to my surprise, ahhhh yes, it was feeling better.
Then he took out a bunch of glass cups. He lit a fire inside one and slapped it on my chest. We're talking pain - but in a good way.
Several minutes later he pulled it off and said, "Chuan guo lai." Turn over.
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