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What is cupping?
Cupping is a type of complimentary therapy that is believed to have originated in China thousands of years ago. It has been used in many cultures through Europe and the west for hundred of years.
Chinese medicine philosophy believes that where there is pain and stagnation the essence of dis-ease arises. By removing the stagnation, pain is relieved and healing takes place.
Congestion and stagnation consist of qi, phlegm, blood, lymph and vital fluids. Imbalances occur when there is obstruction and therefore, cupping is used to draw out toxins, move stagnation and restore the free flow or energy and fluids.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create room for the new blood vessels in the tissue.
It is extremely common to have bruise like markings where the cups have been however, they are not painful and disappear within 5-10 days of treatment.
Cupping is deeply relaxing and Painless a painless experience with significant effects on the nervous system, organ, muscle and tissue levels. Cupping is used to sedate the nervous system, treat migraines, muscle pain, digestive disorders, viruses, rheumatism, skin and circulatory disorders.
Traditionally cupping involved using bamboo or glass cups placed on the skin to create suction. The suction was primarily created through the use of heat. The cups were originally heated with fire and then applied to the skin. As they cooled, the cups drew the skin inside.Cupping therapy is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available and it is frequently used after acupuncture, blood letting, or plum blossom treatment.
Modern cupping is often performed using glass or plastic cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end. Suction is achieved by either heating up the air inside the cup or by creating a vacuum with a suction pump.
There are two main categories of cupping performed today:
Your practitioner, your medical condition, and your preferences will help determine what method is used.
For 4-6 hours post cupping, avoid exposure to:
1. Caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy, and processed meats. These foods slow down your body's ability to process the treatment.
2. Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs and strong air conditioning. ...
3. Intense exercise.
4. Cold and windy conditions.
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