Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment that’s designed to remove stagnant blood, energy blockages, and increase movement in the body of nutrients, circulation, and healing. Here’s some of the most popular questions about cutting therapy asked and answered!
How does cupping work?
Cups are taken and placed on the skin. Suction is applied. This draws the tissue upwards. This loosens tissue, increases and stimulates blood flow, and removes any sort of stagnancy that’s accumulated in these areas.
Where is cupping most commonly used?
Cupping is most common on the back, neck, and shoulders. That said, it can also be used anywhere with tissue to lift.
What are the side effects of cupping?
Cupping side effects are minimal and usually are reserved to temporary bruising or soreness. Cupping shouldn’t hurt during or after, although first-time users may experience some discomfort when they start.
Is cupping a massage?
It is but it isn’t. Some cupping techniques leave the cups in place while other practitioners will move them around. In this way, cupping can be almost like a reverse massage. Instead of manipulating the tissue in a downwards motion, it’s pulling it up in a lifting motion.
How long do you leave the cups on for?
When you buy cupping supplies, the cups are only meant to be left in place for 5 to 20 minutes although this does depend on the condition being treated. A general course of treatment is up to six sessions spread across intervals or 3-10 days.
Do I have to use massage oil?
If the cups are to remain in place, you do not need to use massage oil. If the cupping therapy technique is to move cups over a larger area however, you will need massage oil of some kind allowing you to glide the cups with ease and no irritation on the skin.
What are the results of cupping?
Cupping swells and brings blood to an area. This increases circulation which resolves pain, inflammation, and tension. At the same time, it’s drawing stagnant toxins to the surface of the skin which can then be removed. Done right, it also helps to loosen connective tissue.
What sort of conditions are treated with cupping?
Cupping has been used for years to treat lung disorders such as coughs and asthma, as well as chronic conditions such as pain. Research has also supported the use of cupping to treat some mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, back pain, varicose veins, high blood pressure, skin issues such as eczema and acne, fertility issues, arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, shingles, insomnia, gout, and more.
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