Cupping is a traditional therapy that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. It has been practiced for centuries in various cultures, including traditional Chinese medicine and Middle Eastern medicine. The cups can be made of materials such as glass, bamboo, or silicone.
The Role of Cupping therapy
Dry Cupping Therapy stimulates the body’s network of Vital Energy and increases blood circulation to the body parts where the cups are placed. It may help the body to encourage generating cell repairs as it increases blood flow beneath the skin to relieve muscle tightness and loosen up the fascia tension.
Benefits of Cupping therapy
Cupping is believed to have several potential benefits, although scientific research on its effectiveness is limited. Some commonly suggested uses of cupping include:
Pain relief: Cupping is often used to alleviate muscle and joint pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and migraines. The suction created by the cups is thought to increase blood flow to the affected area, promote healing, and relax muscles.
Improved circulation: The suction effect of cupping is believed to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage, helping to enhance circulation and remove toxins from the body.
Relaxation and stress reduction: Cupping therapy is often considered a form of massage and can promote relaxation and relieve stress. The suction and manipulation of the cups on the skin can create a soothing sensation.
Detoxification: Cupping is thought to draw toxins and impurities from the body to the surface of the skin, where they can be eliminated through the lymphatic system.
Cupping therapy FAQs
Is dry cupping painful?
Dry cupping may be mildly painful depending on your pain tolerance. But don't worry, the level of suction can be adjusted according to your preference.
Does cupping leave marks on my body?
Yes. Cupping commonly leaves temporary skin discoloration and bruising which subsides in a few days to a few weeks.
Can I still get dry cupping if I have a medical condition?
Cupping therapy is not recommend for all people.
Individuals who have medical conditions of Hemophilia A, Haemophilia B, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Vitamin deficiencies, Cushing’s syndrome, Von Willebrand disease, low platelet
count and any other related medical condition should not receive dry cupping therapy. Your therapist will let you know if cupping therapy is the right treatment for you.
If I have skin conditions, can I still get dry cupping?
Yes, however this will depend on the severity and location of your skin condition.
If you have persistent skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis; cupping will not be performed on that area to prevent any skin irritation that may occur.