Cupping is an ancient practice that is found around the world. It can be done using various techniques. I use stationary plastic cups placed over a specific point and then apply suction using a hand pump. This suctions draws the into the cup and it is believed to open up the skin’s pores. This technique helps to stimulate circulation, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up blockages and stagnation, releases muscle tension and helps to stimulate the lymphatic system.
Once suctioned, the cups are left in place for about ten minutes. For most, this provides a relaxing and relieving sensation. After the cups are removed, suction marks are left on the skin and usually return to looking normal in +/-- 10 days. These marks are not bruises.
After the treatment it is important to drink plenty of water, rest, avoid alcohol and caffeine and keep the area covered and warm.
Cupping is useful for many things including:
Shorten the duration of cold and flu
*Cupping is not safe for people on blood thinners (including alcohol), with weak constitutions, sun burns, rashes, or open lesions.