Cupping is an extraordinary technique that has been passed down for thousands of years and continues to be widely used across many cultures by both professionals and lay people alike. Cupping involves the use of glass cups, which are suctioned onto the skin for a few minutes at a time. This therapy is used to pull toxins out of the body, eliminate obstructions of Qi (energy), and relax the muscles. It is most often used for muscular pain and tightness, but can also be used to treat cellulite, colds, digestive disorders, and more.
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 Medicine. The marks can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful.
Common Skin Reaction
Everyone reacts to cupping a little bit differently, so it’s important to give your body a chance to recuperate after the experience. Some patients feel ready to run a marathon while others may experience fatigue, soreness, or even mild headaches. Either way, please take note of the following:
- Keep the cupped area covered
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcohol or other toxin substance
- Take it easy!