Cupping, a fundamental therapy within Chinese Medicine for healing and relief.
It is a technique that involves applying cups (made of glass or plastic) on the skin to create suction along stagnant meridians. Cupping is believed to increase blood flow to the area to promote healing.
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the meridian pathways. The practitioner will decide where the best areas to treat after discussing patient’s conditions. It is most common to perform cupping on the back where there is maximum muscle exposure along the yang meridians. But cupping can be done with most areas of the body that may benefit from the therapy.
With the suction in place, the practitioner may gently move the cups across the skin. This technique feels a lot like massage. Most patients will enjoy this experience, as they feel relaxed while their tension melts away.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture treatments, but it can be a stand-alone treatment. The benefits of cupping include increasing blood flow, loosening muscles, and sedating the nervous system.
Some conditions that benefit from cupping:
- Common cold
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Digestive disorders