Cupping is one of the oldest methods of treatment within traditional Chinese medicine. In treatment, glass cups are used to apply suction to the skin to open pores, stimulate blood flow, break up obstructions, encouraging toxins to be drawn out of the body.
Due to this action, cupping can be used in the management of respiratory conditions such as asthma and congestion, gastrointestinal disorders and cases of pain, especially musculoskeletal discomfort.
Cupping can feel warming and instant relief is experienced as muscles release from contracted states. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels expand, and local swelling and bruising can be experienced. These bruises are usually painless and disappear within a few days of treatment.
It is important to note that after your cupping session, increase your fluid intake to remove toxins from the body, and to keep the treated area warm and covered from the elements.