Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.
What Cupping Can Help?
Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, although it does have application for other problems. Cupping should be done on fleshy areas of the body and should not be used on inflamed skin, where there is a high fever, convulsions or an increased tendency to bruise, or on the abdominal or lower back area during pregnancy. The cups should only be moved over fleshy areas of the body.
Cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing the tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of varicose veins.
Who is suitable for cupping?
Cupping therapy doesn’t suit for everyone, you need to talk with our Chinese Medicine Practitioner and they will determine if it suit for you. Basically, cupping therapy isn’t suitable for pregnant or menstruating women, people with metastatic cancer, and people with bone fractures or muscle spasms.
What is the deal with the purple marks?
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped, but they are NOT bruises. It is the expression of internal stagnation and congestion brought to the surface of the body in Chinese. The marks can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful.
Can I get massage or acupuncture on the same day?
Yes, cupping can be combined with both acupuncture and massage. Or served up by itself to vacuum those accumulated tensions out of your muscles and connective tissue.
What are the side effects?
Unlike the drugs, medicines and operations which will have side effects. The cupping therapy is free from any side effects. Except few marks which will come due to the stagnation of blood which will remain for few days.
Do we have to take medicines after cupping process?
NO. There is no need to take medicines after cupping therapy. However,if a person is suffering from a particular disease they might need medicines with doctors consultation.
Can I take a shower after cupping therapy?
We recommend that avoid to take a shower within 4 hours of cupping becasue your pores are still open and it is important not to let exterior pathogens like wind, cold or damp in.
How long the cupping process will take?
Cupping process normally take up to average 15-20 minutes. (Can vary depending on patient)