Cupping is an ancient art used by the Chinese to remove cold wind out of the body. This method of cupping is extremely helpful for patients who suffer from cold, flu, bronchial infections, asthma, allergies and also any muscle related problems in the back area.
The cups are placed on the affected area of the body, and they create a suction on the skin’s surface which helps to draw impurities, toxins, phlegm etc and aids the elimination of these from the body.
The cupping procedure usesglass or ceramic cups, which are applied to the surface of skin. Air is sucked out of the cup and this draws skin and flesh into the cup. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.
Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time.
Cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Also we use cupping to treat depression and reduce swelling. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment.
Is cupping safe? Does it hurt?
While cupping is considered relatively safe (especially air cupping, which does not include the risk of fire and heat), it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.
In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping.