Cupping is a safe and very effective treatment tool; it is an age-old treatment that is practiced throughout the world in almost every culture. Cupping is a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.
It has proven to be a highly effective technique for treating blood disorders like anemia, and other ailments such as; arthritis, migraines, anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues, pain and circulation problems. Traditionally, glass cups are heated from the inside to create a vacuum; the cup is then placed upside down on the skin. The vacuum created by the heat, dispels dampness from the body and mobilizes blood flow. Cupping has a warming effect and reduces swelling. In modern times, practitioners will often produce suction using a pump to create the same effect.
Cupping causes temporary superficial bruising. The discoloration is not painful, it is a sign that toxins are being released, stagnation is being expelled and chi and blood are flowing freely.
The experience of cupping has often been referred to as an “inverse massage”.