Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction. There are several ways that a practitioner can create suction in the cups. One method involves using a rubber pump to create a vacuum inside the cup. Another method involves placing an inverted cup over a small flame. Flames are never used near the skin and are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups. Once the suction has occurred, massage oil is sometimes applied to help move cups in a gliding motion; this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.
What conditions can cupping treat?
- Chronic/Acute pain
- Blood flow
- Relaxation and well-being
- Type of deep-tissue massage
- Back and neck pains
- Stiff muscles
Cupping is also valuable for the lungs and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person’s asthma.
**The side effects of cupping are fairly mild. Bruising should be expected; these marks may begin to fade after several days but can remain for two to three weeks. Make sure that you discuss any concern that you may have before this, or any, procedures.**