What is Cupping?
Cupping is a therapy used in Chinese medicine to remove stagnation and toxins, and improve blood circulation throughout the tissues in order to speed up healing.
A therapeutic cupping treatment involves warming and placing cups, usually made of glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing.
It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain.
Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness.
What are the benefits of Cupping?
Usually used in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, cupping can be beneficial for conditions such as:
- Acute and subacute bronchitis
- Chronic cough
- Common colds
- Arthritis & Rheumatism
- Musculoskeletal pain and discomfort
- High Blood Pressure
- Anxiety & Depression
- Gastro-intestinal disorders