Cupping can be a very effective remedy and is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat many conditions. Cupping may often be combined with an acupuncture treatment, but it can also be used alone. It’s a treatment that is wonderful for many conditions, including stress, pain relief, allergies, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, muscle aches, red itchy skin conditions and fevers. (Cups are not placed on areas of the skin that are inflamed.) Cupping also enhances circulation and pull toxins from the person’s tissues who is receiving the treatment.
The technique of Cupping uses suction to pull up the tissue on an affected skin area.
Cups may look a bit like glass jelly jars, but the cups can be made of glass, plastic or bamboo. The suction causes a negative pressure, and the underlying skin is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The person usually feels a tight sensation in the area of the cup. People describe this as often feeling very good. Cups are left in place for 5-20 minutes, and sometimes the cups are moved around on the body in a gliding motion. Cupping relaxes a person’s muscles, stimulates blood flow, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout a person’s body.
Cupping is very effective and is a safe technique, but the person who is the recipient of the cupping is probably going to be bruised afterwards. The cups leave distinctive pink, red or purple circles or streaks where they are placed. The skin discoloration may last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. The bruises don’t hurt generally, though occasionally the individual may be a little sore. A person receiving the cupping should drink plenty of water and take an Epsom salts bath after a cupping treatment because the salts are anti-inflammatory and can help prevent or relieve soreness. Cupping can be repeated once the marks have cleared up.
Chinese cupping dates back three thousand years.
In it’s earliest use cupping was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Cupping is not exclusive to Chinese Medicine. Similar treatments have been used by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in other Asian and European countries.
Celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow, her husband Chris Martin, Jennifer Aniston, and Victoria Beckham are all fans of cupping, as are many other sports figures and celebrities.
Have you tried cupping? If not discuss it with us on your next visit for an appointment. We can discuss if cupping may be something that will help you.