“Cupping Therapy is an ancient medical treatment that relies upon creating a local suction to mobilise blood flow in order to promote healing.”- British Society Definition, 2008.
Cupping is widely used in China and is an official therapy practice in hospitals all over China. Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to ten minutes. The pressure in the cup can graduate according to the individual’s comfort.
The facilitation of the flow of blood and Qi energy are the most important aspects in this type of therapy. Sometimes while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be slightly pulled. Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, the discoloration left by the cups is normal, especially if dragging the cups while suctioned from one place to another.
During cupping therapy blood and lymph are simultaneously activated which helps remove harmful substances and toxins from the body, which in return improves immunity.