What is Cupping?

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy that applies localized suction to the skin. It is another TCM therapeutic method that has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C. Using cups and suction created through heat (fire) or mechanical devices (pumps), this treatment method mobilizes blood flow to achieve healing properties such as the clearing of meridians, promoting blood and energy circulation, reducing swell and pain, and expelling wind and cold from the body.

Cupping therapy is suitable for most people, except for those who are extremely weak or thin and have conditions such as diabetes, skin disorders such as eczema. Women who are pregnant and those with threatening conditions such as heart attack or asthmatic may also want to avoid the treatment.

What does Cupping do?

Cupping can be used effectively to treat conditions such as Cold and Flu, Cough, Bronchial Congestion, Digestive Complaints, Headache, Back Pain, Joint and Muscular Pain, Rheumatic Conditions, Hypertension, Insomnia, Stress and Anxiety, and Reduced Lymphatic Drainage.

The treatment is also very suitable for sports related injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, various pain issues from occupational or lifestyle habits and to boost one’s general well-being. Sportsmen also used cupping therapy for better and quicker recovery.

What do the shades of the cupping mark indicate?

In general, a darker mark indicates that the area treated is not that healthy (bruised, strained, injured). A healthy area of the body should be indicated by a mild pink mark. If the mark is too light, it indicates poor blood circulation around that area.

Normally, cupping marks should disappear within 5 to 10 days. If the marks still linger after 2 weeks, it could be an indication of poor general blood circulation.