This is an ancient, multi-purpose form of alternative medicine that can relieve pain, inflammation, improve blood flow, induce relaxation and well-being and acts as a deep-tissue massage. Cupping follows the lines of the acupuncture meridians and targets specific areas. It works well combined with localised acupuncture, which enhances its therapeutic effects. It involves placing small plastic or glass cups on the skin as suction devices to alleviate muscular stiffness and promote topical blood circulation.
By targeting the meridian channels, cupping is used to free these channels and areas of concern, providing smoother energy flow. It is thought to affect tissues on a much deeper level. Toxins (stagnant bio-residues) can be released, blockages can be relieved and blood circulation can be refreshed within deeper body tissues. It is an absolutely safe, painless procedure with only a circular bruise as a side effect that which may take a few days to subside. The treatment should therefore not be performed on sensitive areas where broken capillaries are present or superficial veins.
The process is carried out to force inflammatory stagnant bioproducts to be eliminated through circulation and skin. It also benefits the elasticity of the fascia surrounding muscles and tissues that which have become tight, injured or rigid. By stretching them, we facilitate detoxification of the area and improve the elasticity of the surrounding tissues. In some cases, acupuncture is applied to maximise therapeutic outcome of cupping.