What is cupping?

Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow.

Proponents also claim the suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force. A famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong, reportedly first practised cupping. He lived from A.D. 281 to 341.

Many Taoists believe that cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring the balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.

The cups can be made of different materials, but they’re most commonly crafted from plastic, glass, bamboo, or silicone. There are also various cupping techniques that practitioners can choose from, including wet cupping, dry cupping, and flash cupping.

What are the benefits of cupping therapy?

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 new blood vessels in the tissue.

Are there any side effects of cupping?

Cupping therapy is relatively safe, and any adverse events are very rare and are usually light to moderate in intensity. They could involve things like feeling dizzy, nauseous, or sensitive around the treated area.

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