Cupping therapy is a part of Chinese Medicine and has been for over 2,500 years along with herbology and Acupuncture. Today glass cups of varying sizes are used but originally animal horn was used, later brass then ceramic and bamboo cups were used. We offer cupping at both Minneapolis and St Paul locations.
Understanding How cupping Can Help
Cupping can be likened to a deep tissue massage but the practitioner applies heat in a cup which is then placed in most cases on the back. A vacuum effect is generated by the heat and this draws the skin up into the cup.
BENEFITS OF CUPPING
- Move fresh blood to the area
- Releases toxins
- Stimulates acupuncture points
- Increases circulation of blood and lymph
- Relaxation of over tight muscles
- Reduction of inflammation
This therapy will leave noticeable marks on the skin which looks like a bruise or hickey and these marks are sometimes known as “cup kisses”. They may look alarming they are not painful and they will fade in 3 to 7 days.
Generally cupping is used in treatment for aches and pains of varying kinds such as low back and leg pain, fibromyalgia, and neck and shoulder tension.
Cupping also benefits the lungs in respiratory problems like bronchitis, asthma, coughs, and such as it helps open up the chest. Cupping is also of use in digestive problems, stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and even menstrual problems.