Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine.
How does cupping work?
In a cupping session, the practitioner applies a plastic or glass cup upside down over a specific area. The suction created by cup anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upwards within the cup.Drawing up the skin is believed to open skin pores, which helps to stimulate flow of blood, balances and realigns chi, breaks up obstructions and creates an avenue for the toxins to be drawn out of the body.
Depending on the condition being treated, the cups can be left for 5-10 minutes in place. Several cups might be applied to the patient’s body at the same time.
Is cupping safe? Does it hurt?
Cupping is considered safe. It does cause some swelling of the skin where it is applied.As the skin under the cup is drawn up, the blood vessels in that area will expand. This may result in small circular hickeys in the area. These are painful and will disappear a few days after the treatment.