Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup (either by heat or sucking) is reduced to pull and hold the skin and superficial muscles in the cup.

What is cupping?

cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup (either by heat or sucking) is reduced to pull and hold the skin and superficial muscles in the cup. It is based on the meridian theory of the body. Cupping can remove any stagnation in the body and open the meridians so that Qi (energy) can flow freely. It can also help to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning optimally. From a scientific point of view it is known that cupping activates the lymphatic system, promotes blood circulation and is good for repairing deep tissue.

What are possible side effects of cupping?

Cupping often causes spots on the skin. This is due to the fact that blood is brought to the surface, similar to a bruise. Cupping may not be the best treatment option for patients with bleeding disorders such as haemophilia or patients treated with anticoagulants. People with these conditions should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of treatment with their acupuncturist or doctor before they are treated with cupping. Cupping should not be performed on skin with active inflammation, burns, infections or open wounds. Some discomfort may occur, but should not be considered a side effect. Moderate, temporary discomfort is expected when stagnation is removed and the connective tissue and muscles are loosened.

How long do cupping bruises last?

The bruises from cupping can last from a few days up to two weeks. If cupping treatments are repeated over several weeks, the bruises will decrease in strength as the stagnation subsides. This indicates a successful result of a cupping treatment protocol.

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