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Cupping Therapy in Brooklyn, NY

Cupping therapy at Pulse Acupuncture Practice, at Brooklyn, NY

What is Cupping Therapy?

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Cupping is a form of Chinese Medicine in Williamsburg, NY and together cupping and acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Cupping procedure uses cup suction (made of glass or bian stone), the cupping purpose is to promote healing. Cupping generally works by creating suction on an area of skin or specific cupping point.

There are different types of cupping therapy: fire cupping, dry cupping, blood (wet Cupping), detox treatment, trigger points, abdominal cupping, myofascial decompression, orthopedic cupping, bio- magnetic cupping, myofascial decompression, massage cupping.

At Pulse Acupuncture, Williamsburg, New York we also use Bian Stones for fire cupping, a practice that complements “Esoteric Acupuncture” well. Precious and rare in nature, the Bian Stones are found in the mountains of northern China. The Bian Stones deliver special far-infrared rays, trace minerals that are beneficial to healing. The Bian Stones used at Pulse Acupuncture are individually picked and manually manufactured for medical cupping therapy. The Bian stone cups are believed to work better than the regular glass cupping since it releases trace minerals when heated up by fire.

What is Cupping Therapy in Brooklyn and how does it work?

For fire cup therapy at Pulse Acupuncture, an alcohol-soaked cupping torch is ignited by fire and quickly inserted into the open end of the cup’s belly. Then, the cotton cupping torch is removed creating a vacuum and a glass cup is quickly placed on specific areas of the body. The vacuum cup therapy creates suctions and gently pulls and lifts the skin away from the muscles. While the skin is pulled, it increases blood circulation to the area as well as pulling the toxic waste out. The cups are rolled on the back mimicking a negative pressure massage. It is usually very comfortable for clients. The rolling action creates myofascial release and incorporates different movements in circular, sliding or linear directions to relieve stubborn knots. The skin will change color from red to purple, indicating that circulation has been brought to the skin’s surface. The increased blood supply in vacuum cupping brings nourishment and stimulates lymphatic systems to remove stagnation and pull-out toxins. The pulling action influences the parasympathetic system to promote relaxation throughout the entire body.
Cupping Therapy in Brooklyn

The suction can be light to heavy. Variety of movements will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects depending on the client’s condition. For manual vacuum cups as cupping medical equipment, Marina Doktorman, L.Ac. utilizes a hand pump. Manual cups range from plastic, silicone, rubber, cups with magnets and glass cups with rubber bulbs. A cup is placed at the area and a hand pump is employed to create a vacuum to produce a suction effect similar to fire cupping. The suction promotes lymphatic circulation, relaxes muscles, moves stagnation, draws toxins and pathogens out of the body.

Cupping at Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Women around the world have been applying negative pressure facial cupping for rejuvenation and maintenance for centuries. The cups used in facial protocols are smaller and vacuum created to lift facial tissue for lymphatic drainage. This method is used to achieve local circulation of the skin, increase nutrients brought to the epidermis and drain the fluids and debris through the lymph. The muscle of the face will benefit from reduced tension, tightness, wrinkles will soften and skin will plump up producing more collagen and elastin.
Abdominal Cupping

Abdominal Cupping

Effective cupping treatment for the digestive system. Decompression techniques stretch the walls of the abdominal region, moving the stagnant waste, mucus and overall increasing of activity of digestion. The excess amount of waste will be expelled following the treatment and aids in eliminations throughout several days. The stretching and opening of the abdominal walls help with constipation, menstrual cramps, gas, bloating and reduces acidity.
Flash Сupping

Flash Сupping

Flash cupping is repeated application and release of cups on the skin. After vacuum suction is created, cups are placed and released. The procedure is repeated over and over for 10-15 min on a specific area of the body to relieve congestion. The procedure is gentler than stationary cupping and more suited for clients with deficient or weak constitution. This is alternation between suction and release techniques.
Chinese cupping

Wet (bleeding) Cupping

Wet cupping is practiced through application of sterilized single-use lancets to puncture skin and plastic single-use cups are applied to promote stagnant blood to drain into the cup. The bleeding method is the most effective as specific areas on the back are designated to treat various painful symptoms where other therapies have failed. The most effective method of wet cupping is generally used for treatment of arthritis and knee pain. Wet cupping removes inflammation from joints, energizes the body, increases metabolism, helps in asthma, blood circulation, blood pressure, removes toxins and pathogens.
Cupping can be performed with acupuncture or without. The price of cupping at Pulse Acupuncture is a flat rate for 30 min of cupping therapy. (See Our pricing).

The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Acupuncture and Cupping work in conjunctions and produces the following cupping benefits:

  • Effective for spastic and tight muscles
  • Improves range of motion
  • Relieves Asthma, opens up chest and promotes better breathing
  • Alleviates allergy symptoms by expelling mucus 
  • Breaks up adhesions, compacted muscles bands
  • Helps to break trigger points
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage and blood circulation
  • Works for foot problems such as Plantar Fascial release
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Flushes out toxins and pathogens
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Side effects of Cupping Therapy

Cupping causes skin discolorations and bruising that could last from several days to weeks. In rare cases cupping may cause blisters if cups are retained longer than 30 min. Cupping should not be performed for pregnant women, patients with liver, kidney, heart failure or those with pacemakers. Cupping should not be used for people with anemia, blood disorders or blood thinners. In rare instances, some patients can experience nausea, dizziness or sweating and mild soreness in the areas where cups were placed. Patients with eczema should inform their practitioner as cupping may worsen that area.

What conditions can you treat with Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture in New York?

The World Health Organization currently lists a variety of diseases, symptoms of diseases, or conditions that benefit through treatment from acupuncture. These include:

Pain management

Digestive Symptoms

Women/Men Health

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • PCOS
  • UTIs
  • Frequent urination
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Pregnancy Support

  • Miscarriage prevention
  • Nausea
  • Baby health


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Healing
  • Insomnia



  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen Sclerosis
  • Herpes


  • Cancer support
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Detox
  • Tinnitus
  • Long Covid 19 symptoms
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About the Practitioner

Marina Doktorman was born in Ukraine and immigrated to United States at the age of 15. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY in 1997. Marina Doktorman, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac., is a nationally board certified acupuncturist since 2001 and licensed in NY and NJ states. She first worked in NYC in a multi-specialty clinic before establishing her private practice in 2005, in Clifton, NJ.

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Price List

Prices for Brooklyn

First visit acupuncture treatment
(includes evaluation, cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage):


Follow-up acupuncture visit (includes cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage)


Package of 5 visits:



Package of 10 visits:



Package of 20 visits:





Cupping (without acupuncture)


Onnetsu Therapy (without acupuncture) 15 min:


Cosmetic Acupuncture:

First visit: evaluation, acupuncture, serum, moisturizing
cream, gua-sha fascial massage, Celluma Red Light Therapy:


Follow-Up visits:


Herbal Consultation:


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Cupping Therapy Testimonials in Brooklyn

Kazue AnanKazue Anan
23:22 05 Oct 23
Elena SolntsevaElena Solntseva
21:26 05 Oct 23
To understand what I'm talking about, you have to try it for yourself.After 10 minutes of the procedure, you get into a different reality. Marina is knowledgeable, answers all the questions. After the procedure, the skin of the face glows, the body becomes lighter by a couple of pounds. I've been looking for such a procedure and state of mind for a long time.
02:39 23 Sep 23
Pulse Acupuncture is exactly what I’ve been looking for to treat my migraines! Marina is knowledgeable, professional, asks probing questions and does fire cupping! She also has a very serene and clean office that makes me feel so relaxed and I never feel rushed during my sessions. Marina is truly incredible - her treatments help me mitigate migraines and I highly recommend her for any acupuncture/holistic health needs!! (I’ve tried other practitioners in the area and none have compared to Marina’s experience and professionalism.)
Irina KozinaIrina Kozina
13:59 10 Sep 23
I used acupuncture for low back and SI joint pain. I have a chronic condition. After the 1st treatment pain reduced by 75%. I am very happy with the results. I'm coming back. Thank you!
Michael SchimleyMichael Schimley
16:26 23 Aug 23
I found Marina while I was experiencing horrible lower back pain and her treatments got me back to my normal self quickly. Her office is beautiful, clean and welcoming. I will be going back regularly for routine maintenance and stress relief.
Sophia FSophia F
08:41 03 Aug 23
Very happy that my friend recommended Pulse Acupuncture Williamsburg Brooklyn to me! Marina Doktorman is such a professional acupuncturist! It was my first time trying acupuncture and I fell in love with it, I felt younger and lighter after my acupuncture session! I recommend to everyone!!!
Helen ShinHelen Shin
21:24 01 Aug 23
Marina healed me with the best acupuncture in Williamsburg. My shoulders and traps was intensely in pain to the point it gave me a headache but Pulse Acupuncture relieved my pain. Marina's technique is so effective and relaxing. The space is also beautiful and luxurious and you can also get a massage with Maria who's also AMAZING. I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg 🙂
Ellen LeybengrubEllen Leybengrub
02:24 28 Jul 23
Marina Doktorman is very knowledgeable, skilled, and caring, with many years of experience. Excellent location. Beautiful brand new office.
Felix LanFelix Lan
21:48 25 Jul 23
Super pleased with my first appointment. Marina is very kind, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
Amanda PagulAmanda Pagul
23:30 17 Jul 23
Evgenia VlasovaEvgenia Vlasova
23:32 29 Jun 23
When I first came to Marina, I felt constant pressure in my lower back, tension in my upper back and lack of energy. During the first session I could literally feel something shifting inside in those areas she was working on. Her touch was so gentle that I didn’t even feel the needles go in. The time stopped, I was relaxed, calm and peaceful. Besides acupuncture I had some cupping done as well. The cups relieved a great deal of pressure from my upper and lower back. After the session I immediately felt the effect. Have my next session scheduled for next week. I would definitely recommend Marina to those seeking holistic ways to deal with muscle, spine, and pain issues. She is a miracle worker!
Taisiya PokrovskayaTaisiya Pokrovskaya
21:00 13 Jun 23
I felt relief after the first session with Marina Doktorman. Marina is a caring practitioner that establishes a connection with her clients and always ensures a comfortable environment. After doing acupuncture, heat therapy, and cupping with her, I felt instant relief and relaxation. In addition, Marina’s treatment helped me feel relief from neck and back pain, as well as to feel grounded and connected to my body. I would highly recommend Marina to anyone.
Alex livsonAlex livson
18:49 06 Jun 23
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and professional. They helped me a lot. Strongly recommend. Went to other offices, but this one is truly the best!
maya grablermaya grabler
23:28 04 Jun 23
I’m getting acupuncture for allergies and impressed by the results! I’m no longer congested, no teary eyes. It’s just incredible! Im used to getting allergy shots before. No more. It’s unbelievable! The treatment is relaxing and very effective! My headaches are gone too! I really recommend Marina Doktorman at Pulse Acupuncture!
Leon RavLeon Rav
16:25 15 Apr 23
I’ve had great acupuncture experience at Pulse Acupuncture. Marina was able to fix my neck strain in just one treatment. It was not painful and actually very relaxing. Cupping and massage followed after acupuncture session. This was the most relief I’ve had in a long time. Loved the healing vibe of this beautiful studio.
The -W-omenThe -W-omen
01:06 07 Apr 23
I recently visited Pulse Acupuncture to seek relief for my lower back pain, and I am thrilled with the results I achieved through Marina's skillful treatment. After just a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in my pain levels and overall mobility.I am beyond grateful to Marina, because after trying so many things, I almost lost hope. highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone seeking relief from pain or other health concerns.
Mark PlesserMark Plesser
00:58 07 Apr 23
I have been visiting Pulse Acupuncture for several months now, and I have consistently received excellent service from Marina. Her expertise in acupuncture and holistic healing is unmatched, and she always takes the time to listen to my concerns and provide personalized recommendations.The acupuncture sessions themselves are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. Marina's gentle touch and precise needle placement always leave me feeling calm and rejuvenated. She also incorporates other techniques, such as cupping, which have been very beneficial for my overall health and wellbeing.In addition to her skill as an acupuncturist, Marina is also a wonderful person to work with. She is warm, friendly, and genuinely cares about her clients' wellbeing. I always leave our sessions feeling refreshed and uplifted, both physically and mentally.Overall, I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone looking for high-quality acupuncture and personalized care. Thank you, Marina, for your exceptional service and dedication to helping others achieve optimal health!
Miha haMiha ha
18:35 27 Mar 23

Cupping Therapy - FAQ

Cupping Therapy works by creating a vacuum inside the cups, which are typically made of glass, plastic, or silicone. The suction created by the vacuum lifts the skin and underlying tissues, increasing blood flow and helping to release muscle tension, break up adhesions, and promote healing in the treated area.
Cupping Therapy can be used to address a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Sports injuries and recovery
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Respiratory issues
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin conditions, such as acne or eczema
Most people experience little to no pain during Cupping Therapy. The sensation of the suction can be unusual, and there may be some discomfort as tight muscles and adhesions are released. However, the overall experience is typically relaxing and soothing.
A typical Cupping Therapy session lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, although the duration may vary depending on the practitioner and the individual’s specific needs. The cups may be left in place for a few minutes up to 20 minutes, depending on the desired therapeutic effect.

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