The ancient art of cupping has been utilized by healers and lay people in many cultures. Cupping therapy has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years.
Cupping is a suction technique to pull toxins build up in muscles spasm from the body's deeper tissue to the surface of the skin.
It can be used stationary cups, sliding cups or other techniques such as combining the use of acupuncture needles, moxa, or herbal preparations for treatment of other conditions not addressed with massage cupping.
Physical pain or discomfort implies a blockage of the flow of energy through a particular area, like muscles and joints.
Once the blood on the surface, it is easier for the body to eliminate toxins through the superficial blood supply or capillary system.
The result is a movement of fresh blood to the area, release of toxins, acupuncture point stimulation, increased circulation of blood and lymph, relaxation of tight muscles, reduced inflammation and pain .
Cupping is generally not painful. Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia or other chronic muscular disorders may feel some discomfort and should mention it immediately so adjustments can be made. Many people report that muscle tension and tenderness continues to improve for many hours after the session is completed. Cupping does leave noticeable marks similar to a bruise or hickey . Although they can look alarming, they are not painful and will disappear on their own within 3-7 days.
Most commonly, it's used for aches and pains of various types including:
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Shoulder tension
It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs to treat respiratory problems such as:
It and can even benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems including:
- Menstrual cramps
- Stomach aches
Cupping is an extraordinary technique, and many times the effect is immediate. The healing process may be shortened by weeks, even months by using cupping.