Cupping is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine that you may not have heard of before but that can have many benefits for you – from helping with pain right through to respiratory disorders. Read on to find out more.
What is Cupping
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure
in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial
muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the
skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping.
Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have
been affected by pain, where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled. Cupping has
greater emphasis on the back acupuncture due to the ease with which it can be performed on
the back. Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body.
On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that
energy can flow freely. On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs
that are not functioning at their best. From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help
activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.
What Cupping Can Help
Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung
diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, although it does have
application for other problems.
Cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing the tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of varicose veins.
This patient wasn't able to raise his both of arms to put his clothes on, had to ask his wife for help every morning. Now, he can raise both of arms just after one Cupping treatment.
Those blisters are either from outside of moisture getting into our body when the skin pores opened after working/exercise or coming from inside our body's bad fluid(toxins from lymphatic system).
We may also see those dark blood stasis which from bad blood circulation due to body's skin/muscle effected by cold temperature.