Cupping is a deep therapeutic process in which the practitioner uses a glass, ceramic or plastic cup to create suction on the skin. The cups are left on particular areas of the body for several minutes. This suction improves the flow of energy and promotes healing in the body. It also increases blood circulation on the targeted areas where the cups are placed relieving muscle tension and also promoting cellular repair.
Cupping dates back from Elber's papyrus (1550 BC) from ancient Egypt. This papyrus is the oldest medical text book mentioning cupping to help aid with fever, vertigo, menstrual imbalances and weakened appetite. Cupping is a part of many ancient healing systems in Unami, Tibetan, Oriental and Korean medicine. The Greek physicians were noted to use the strong suction of cupping to even restore spinal alignment.
Cupping is an effective treatment for improving immune function, knee, back, neck, and shoulder pain, skin issues such as hives or acne, high blood pressure, arthritis, and gastrointestinal disorders.
This treatment will leave small circular type bruising where cups are placed but will subside in a few days.