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Cupping is a vacuum therapy that may draw toxins out of tissues, reduce pain, and promote healthy lymphatic flow. Our purpose is to try to help you feel relief from the daily stresses in your life. Through ancient therapeutic techniques, cupping can be beneficial to your health when utilized properly. We serve patients throughout Greater Danbury including Brookfield, Ridgefield and New Milford.*

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Our Medical Director and Founder

Ken Hoffman is a Doctor of Acupuncture and a specialist in Natural Medical Care. In 1991, he began private training under the tutelage of a Taoist medical and qi gong master where he began learning the art of Chinese healing. This culminated in a sabbatical to Taiwan where he lived and studied Chinese healing arts in Chi Nan Temple.

He then completed a 4 year Chinese medical school program with an internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY. His post-graduate specialties included study with some the best doctors in functional medicine where he focused on the integration of western bio-medicine including blood chemistry analysis, endocrinology and the use of Medical Infrared Thermography.

He has performed more than 18,000 acupuncture treatments on over 7,000 patients since starting his practice which has now grown into the busiest clinic of its kind in the state of Connecticut.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an alternative medicine where cups create a vacuum seal on the patient’s body. They pull at certain areas of the body to try to bring blood flow to the affected area. The goal of cupping is to loosen tight muscles and increase blood flow throughout the body. This could possibly help relieve deep scar tissue within the body, reduce swelling and get rid of muscle knots. It is done in two styles: dry and wet (where the treatment is done after making a small incision on the patient’s body to draw out blood). Cupping may bring the patient a sense of relief from soreness and has been used by athletes for conditioning purposes.*

Cupping may be used on Greater Danbury patients with:

  • Muscle soreness
  • Lower back pain
  • Places with phlegm buildup.
  • Low blood flow
  • Other similar conditions

The History of Cupping

Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years. The earliest recorded reference to cupping comes from the Ebers Papyrus, written in 1550 B.C. This text told of the Egyptians’ use of cupping. Other cultures continued to use cupping for therapeutic reasons including Greece and China. The Muslim prophet Muhammad allegedly endorsed cupping as an enjoyable experience.

What to Know Before You Go

Many people are concerned about the marks left on people’s bodies when they do cupping and whether they will feel incredible pain when touching them. However, the marks are not meant to be as painful as they look, as they more closely resemble birthmarks than bruises and may go away within a few days.*

Why Choose the Sophia Natural Health Center for Cupping

We care about our patients’ well-being and hope that they can feel more in tune with their mind, body and soul than they have before. Our cupping specialists have years of experience and training in treating their patients of the Greater Danbury area.*


*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Sophia Natural Health Center does not guarantee certain results.

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