Cupping is an effective treatment for reducing pain, treating sprains, colds and flus and enhancing circulation. Glass cups are heated from the inside to create a vacuum and are placed on painful areas, the vacuum created by the heat dispels dampness from the body, has a warming effect, and reduces swelling. Cupping may be applied to the neck, shoulders, upper arms, back, sacral area, hips, thighs and calves.
Cupping may cause superficial bruising which is not painful, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine this is regarded as an indication that toxins and stagnation were pulled out from the body restoring healthy qi (chi) and blood flow.
The experience of cupping can be described as an “inverse massage.” Using suction to create negative pressure, it improves circulation by bringing fresh, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to replenish the tissues, reduces muscle tension and spasms and accelerates the healing process.