Cupping has long been part of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and to this day in continues to be used by many. It has even become mainstream since it has been used by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and athletes like Michael Phelps.
Reasons why Cuppin is so effective
It releases tight muscles and increases circulation of blood to the area.
It encourages relaxation of the muscles by widening the blood vessels, which further stimulates circulation.
It can help to stimulate delayed menstruation due to stasis, by encouraging the movement of blood in the uterus
It reduces and even alleviates the symptoms of the common cold or ashma
It can help reduce cellulites
It can help with reducing pain for patients having wide spread pain like those with fibromyalgia.
Traditional fire cupping, works by lighting an alcohol saturated cotton ball and placing it inside the glass cup, the flame creates a partial vacuum in the cup and when it is placed on the skin, the skin is drawn upward into the cup. The cups can be left on from 5 to 15 minutes.
Frequent Questions & Answers
Does it hurt? The intesity of the vacum will determine the pull of the cup, so we can always adjust so it is not painful. However there are areas of the body that can be a bit more sensitive, like the back of the legs close to the buttocks area.
How do I know it’s safe? Cupping is generally safe, however it should be used with extreme caution in the abdominal/sacral areas on pregnant women (as it is such a strong blood mover), over ulcerated sores on the skin and in individuals with cardiac disease and a history of aneurysms. Are there any side effects? Depending on the amount of stagnation in the circulatory system, cupping may leave bruising. These bruises are part of the healing process and last approximately 2-5 days.