What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy. A cup is put on the skin and either heat or suction is applied to suck the skin and superficial muscles up into the cup. Cups are generally left in place for ten minutes to fifteen minutes.
The effects are like an intense, mini massage which really helps the circulation and tones the skin. This simple treatment can reduce stretchmarks, release some real tight muscles and stimulates the lymphatic system flushing wastes from your body.
In particular, cupping can help with:
- Varicose veins.
- Stretch Marks.
- Muscular pain. Paralysis.
- Stomach Problems. Colon blockages. Constipation.
- Chronic cough. Asthma.
Is Cupping Safe?
It is probably the safest part of Chinese Medical Treatment though it looks like the most dramatic.
There are two types of cups used:
- Regular cups where a flame is used to heat the cup prior to putting on the body.
- Special cups fitted with a hand operated pump, allowing the practitioner to suck out air without having to rely on a flame.
Also herbal medicinally infused oils are used. The effects can be both relaxing as well as healing.There is some possibility of some superficial bruising on the skin, but this will heal very quickly.
When is Cupping not used?
Cupping is not used on inflamed skin, during a high fever, convulsions or where there is a tendency to bruise. It is also not used on the abdominal or lower back area during pregnancy.