What is Cupping?

Cupping is an effective remedy commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The earliest written documentation of Chinese cupping dates back 3,000 years, when it was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Cupping uses suction applied to glass, plastic or bamboo cups to pull up the tissue in an affected area . The suction causes a negative pressure, and the underlying skin is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. There is usually a tight sensation in the area of the cup, which often feels very pain-relieving.  Cups are left in place for 5-20 minutes, and sometimes the cups are moved around the area in a gliding motion. Cupping relaxes your muscles, stimulates blood flow, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout your body.

Is Cupping Safe?

One important thing to know about cupping is that although it is an effective, safe technique, although you may be bruised afterwards. The cups leave distinctive pink, red or purple circles or streaks where they are placed, depending on how long the stagnation has built up. The skin discolouration may last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.  

What can Cupping Treat?

Cupping is often combined with an acupuncture treatment, but can also be used alone. It's wonderful for treating many conditions, including:-

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • cellulite
  • pain relief
  • allergies
  • flu
  • colds
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • joint pain
  • muscle ache
  • fevers
  • asthma
  • chest infections
  • frozen shoulder

Cupping also enhances circulation and pull toxins from your body's tissues.  Cupping is often used as a general detox for the body, which will help clear any skin conditions and energise you.

Who can have Cupping?

Cupping may sound like an unusual treatment, but once you try it, you'll understand why cupping is winning fans among athletes, celebrities, and all the rest of us who want to remain active and healthy.  Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Jennifer Aniston, and Victoria Beckham are all fans of cupping.

Cupping can be used on any age group and for a variety of conditions.  The strength of the suction and the length of time the cups are left on will be altered though depending on the person.

How will I feel after a Cupping treatment?

You will normally tired after the treatment.  To achieve the full benefit from the treatment we recommend that you do not plan any strenuous activity or a large meal/alcohol afterwards.  

We recommend drinking plenty of room temperature water, eat light meals and take an Epsom salts bath after a cupping treatment because the salts are anti-inflammatory and can help rid the body of toxins that have been released into your system.

If you follow the advice above, over the next few days you will feel more energised and you will have greater range of movement/flexibly if we have focused on a specific area of concern.  Additional benefits are usually that your skin and eyes will look clear and bright and you will generally feel more alert.

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