Cupping therapy is usually used as part of acupuncture or body work treatment. It's been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years.
Cupping therapy is a treatment in which the practitioner creates suction in a cup. And then applies that cup to the body, which then draws the skin up around the cup and under the cup. I first heard about cupping when Gwyneth Paltrow showed up at an awards show with the tell tale signs of a cupping treatment. About a year later, I got to experience it myself at an acupuncture appointment. I had gone for a sinus infection/cold I was fighting. After my cupping treatment I could breath again. It completely took away my congestion.
Cupping brings fresh blood to the area so it tends to improve circulation. It also helps open up the chest. It can be beneficial for the lungs and even menstrual problems and digestive problems, too. My most recent experience with cupping was several weeks ago, when I was healing from a miscarriage. I needed to complete the miscarriage and make sure any tissue or placenta that was stuck inside released, so I could avoid a D&C. Similar to the way cupping helps relieve congestion, it also helps move and “unstick” stagnant energy in the body.
It is not painful, but it doesn’t necessarily feel good. There is an intense feeling of pressure that happens when the suction is formed with the skin and the cup. It fades very quickly, after the initial placement of the cups and it is relaxing after that. The marks last on your body about a week.
Have you ever tried Cupping Therapy?
By Stephanie Brandt Cornais
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