Cupping or Acupuncture: Which Alternative Body Treatment Is Right for You?

Victoria Hoff


As cool as it is to have a variety of healing techniques available to us—some relatively new, others centuries-old but new to us Westerners—it can be quite confusing to decipher their differences (heck, even get their names straight). Rolfing? Gua sha? We can't fault anyone for feeling confused or overwhelmed.

Which is why we thought that as the popularity of alternative wellness continues to rise, it might be helpful to learn the differences between the most widely available treatments, their benefits, and what you can expect from an appointment. You might find something that totally works for you—or if nothing else, you can at least feel like you and Gwyneth are on the same page. (Kidding. Ish.)

Keep reading for our glossary of alternative body treatments. 

Have you tried any of these treatments? (Diehard acupuncture devotee over here.) Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

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