Is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which local suction is created on the skin. It has also been called “Vacuum drawing blood method” in Japan and “Cup method” in France. It uses a cup as its tool and expels the air from the cup by burning, suction and other methods to form a negative pressure, anchoring the cup over the treated area of the body. This is believed by many researchers and practitioners to mobilize the blood flow in order to promote healing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believe by creating a vacuum over the patients skin, this helps to dispel stagnant blood & lymph flow or what they term Qi energy.
A modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin otherwise known as “The gliding cupping”, this to produce a deep massage-like effect. Cupping Therapy is very effective when combined with other treatment modalities like acupuncture for the treatment of many diverse conditions.
The cups stay in place for five to ten minutes and it is effective in the treatment of deep scar tissue, muscle & connective tissue knots or for the breakdown of muscle fibres. Depending on the specific treatments, bruising and skin discolouration once the cups are removed is very common and usually resolves within 24 hours. Treatments are not painful and can be applied in areas around the neck, the shoulders, the back, legs and used in the treatment of many Musculoskeletal conditions.
Cupping Therapy, after thousands years of development, perfection and improvements, it has been accepted by more and more practitioners. Since the field of application of cupping therapy is wide, it’s efficacy is good and it’s characterised of easy operation and safety without side effects, it is called a new “Natural Therapy in 21st century” and deeply loved by practitioners all over the world.