Cupping is a form of alternative therapy by which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. It is a treatment that releases stagnation, pain, and discomfort from meridians in the body. Cupping also helps relax tight muscles and joints. The feeling of wellbeing and the looseness of the body make it a favorite healing method for the physician and the patients. It has recently been brought to the spotlight because of the Olympic athletes utilizing this therapy. In some cases, is also a useful tool for internal conditions such as headaches, cough, asthma, post stroke, arthritis, stress, fibromyalgia and other ailments.
You feel the blood and energy flooding the area in a way to release restricted tissue and take the pain away. Many people feel it is similar to getting a massage. It is not uncommon for a person to have a little temporary tenderness and round marks where the cups were placed. This is actually expected and desirable. Having these discolorations is a sign that the treatment was successful, and the colour of the marks created has great diagnostic value for the physician . The distinctive round red marks will fade on its own in a few days. Many patients, after experiencing cupping for the first time, ask for the treatment on a regular basis due to the healing and relaxing effects of this therapy.