Cupping is a TCM therapy method whereby a therapist places heated glass, plastic or bamboo cups on meridian points of your body to create suction to pull up the skin to get the blood flowing. Cupping is able to
- expel cold and dampness
- remove blood stasis
- clear heat-toxins
- improve Qi and blood circulation
- reduce swelling and pain
- facilitate the energy flow in meridian channels
- restore Yin-Yang balance
- combat fatigue
- and boost one’s immune system
As such, cupping helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, combat acne, obesity, shingles, upper respiratory syndrome, headache, menstrual cramps, gastrointestinal problems, as well as to maintain general wellness.
Each cupping treatment is generally 10 to 15 minutes long, and it is normal for distinctive circular marks to be left on the skin. These marks will slowly dissipate before disappearing completely within a few days.