Although fairly recent in headlines, such as Olympians and Celebrities getting cupping, this practice has been around since ancient times in China. Originally, parts of bamboo or hollowed out horns of animals were used. Today, two main types of cupping are used: Glass and a flame/heat source or plastic suction cups (pictured here).
Cupping therapy often addresses several conditions at one time (very common with acupuncture too!). Usually just the feeling alone is welcomed since it feels like your skin and muscles are being hugged. It differs from a massage in that rather than pushing into the body, the tissue is drawn up into the cups separating tissue. Topical liniments infused with Chinese herbs or CBD Clinic pain relief cream is used as a medium for the cups. A common but false assumption is that the cups are bruising the tissue. Although it does appear to leave dark colors resembling a bruise, the borders are well defined and no blunt trauma is being performed. Therefore, a bruise is not being provoked, but rather old congealed and poorly circulated blood is being brought to the surface. The result is pain relief and less hypertonic tissue. The muscles feel softer and more flexible and in the case of fitness, workout recovery is quickly promoted.
Although cupping is at the request by most, it isn't for everyone...all the time. It depends on the constitution of the patient and what all is going on in the body. As mentioned, it is effective for pain, but also fevers, lung issues/phlegm and cough, anxiety, depression, and more. The time the cups are retained varies individually and whether the cups are left in place or moved along the body also varies. Finally, dark cupping marks are often highlighted, but lack of marks is also a diagnostic sign of an underlying condition. If cupping is of interest, schedule an appointment to discuss whether or not you're a candidate.