TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Cupping is a therapy in which a jar (glass, plastic, or bamboo) is attached to the skin’s surface. Using heat to create suction between the skin and the jar, this process promotes healthy blood flow and drains excess fluids and toxins.
Does cupping hurt?
Once the cup is gently applied, the skin may feel a little tight and slightly pinched, but it does not hurt. When removed, the cups will pop right off of the skin. The cups may leave purple circles on the skin, but these marks are not bruises and will not hurt. The discoloring signifies the release of tension, fluids, toxins and pain.
What specific conditions are well-treated with Cupping?
Cupping is mainly used to treat pain of the lower back, shoulders, and legs, as well as asthma and respiratory infections. Cupping can also reduce inflammation and treat gastrointestinal disorders such as stomachaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Gold medal swimmer, Michael Phelps, was seen to have been using cupping treatments during the 2016 Olympics to relieve muscle aches and strain.