Cupping is alternative medicine therapy for many purposes, including pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and well-being.
Cupping provides many benefits: reduces stress, reduces back and neck pain, relieves joint pain in hands and arms, reduces general and chronic muscular pain, offers relief from headaches, allergy symptoms, and hard to treat digestive conditions, and it improves your immune system – reducing the number of sick days and increasing athletic recovery, mental clarity and overall energy.
Cupping is an ancient healing practice that dates back over 3000 years. Cupping generally is used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat chronic pain issues and promote overall well-being. Cupping creates a vacuum on the skin surface that localizes the expansion of the muscle or connective tissue below. This expansion facilitates a significant vasodilation reaction that increases blood and energy flow to the constricted area. Increased circulation improves oxygen supply and cellular metabolism which reduces inflammatory or toxic substances. Cupping is not painful and is often described as light to medium pressure.
Cupping does leave temporary body marks that fade over time and disappear altogether after 3 – 4 days.