Nan Mah in the News
Away the Pain
Chinese practice of cupping is getting a Hollywood boost,
and local practitioners claim it can cure everything from
backaches to asthma. by
Paltrow set tongues wagging when she showed up at a New
York file premiere in a strapless top revaling a back that
appeared to be covered with monster hickeys. Hollywood's
favorite fashion statement.
Try ancient Chinese secret.
Paltrow's polka dots were caused by cupping, an Eastern
healing therapy that uses suction to draw out impurities,
boost circulation and reduce pain and illness.
Practitioners attach cups- made of glass, plastic or (originally)
bamboo - to specific parts of the body. Skin is sucked into
the cup as blood rushes up.
While it may raise eyebrows among the uninitiated - especially
for the love-bit bruises it leaves behind - cupping has
been used for nearly 3,000 years to treat everything from
chronic backache to asthma and even the common cold.
Is is to oriental medicine what Tylenol is to the western
But you don't have to visit the Orient, or Hollywood, to
experience the ancient practice said to stimulate the flow
of blood and life energy in the buy - and subsequently reduce
pain and illness.
They may not be wearing their welts with Paltrow's public
pride, but a growing number of Winnipeggers are getting
cupped, according to local practitioners.
Nan Mah, TCM doctor and owner of Nan Acupuncture Therapy
Centre (1369 McPhillips St.) says certain patients may need
a series of treatments
"It depends on energy level," she says. "With
some people, you try one treatment and they feel like a
million bucks. Some take three or four times to feel different.
Older people, their energy level may be lower and they need
time to heal."
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of entrepreneurial efforts in Manitoba with a look each week at
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Company: Nan Acupuncture Therapy
Owner: Nan Mah
Location: 1368 McPhillips Street, 633-6195
Business: Acupuncture, massage therapy and Chinese herbal medicine.
Nan Acupuncture Therapy Centre
provides a full range of alternative health-care services including
acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, moxabustion, herbal therapy
and Chinese-style baby massage.
Acupuncture can help treat ailments such as lower back pain, migraine
headaches, menopause, asthma and arthritis. It can also be used
to reduce stress, help in weight loss and assist in quitting smoking.
Owner Nan Mah brings 18 year os experience in acupuncture, Chinese
massage and herbal medicine to her new business.