What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient therapeutic practice involving the placement of cups on the skin’s surface to create a suction effect. These cups, often made of glass, silicone, or bamboo, use negative pressure to pull the skin and muscle tissue upwards into the cup. The resulting suction is believed to promote blood circulation, relax muscles, and alleviate tension. Cupping is used for various purposes, including pain relief, improved circulation, relaxation, and addressing respiratory issues. The technique, deeply rooted in traditional medicine, leaves temporary circular marks on the skin, and its practice is typically guided by trained professionals for safe and effective outcomes.
Here’s how cupping therapy typically works:
Suction and Negative Pressure:
The cups are placed on the skin, and a vacuum is created inside them either by heating the air or using a mechanical pump. This suction effect pulls the skin and superficial muscle layer into the cup.
Blood Flow and Qi (Energy) Stimulation:
The suction and negative pressure promote increased blood flow to the area, which can help reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) in traditional Chinese medicine.
Local and Systemic Effects:
Cupping can cause redness, bruising, and circular marks on the skin due to the suction and release of pressure. These marks typically fade within a few days to a week. The intensity of suction and the duration of cup placement vary based on the individual’s condition and the therapist’s approach.
Why are People Cupping?
People incorporate cupping into their wellness plan for many reasons, but below are some of the frequently reasons.
- Muscle Pain and Tension: It’s often used to relieve sore muscles, knots, and general muscle tension.
- Inflammation and Pain Relief: Cupping may help reduce inflammation and pain associated with conditions like arthritis.
- Improving Blood Circulation: The increased blood flow facilitated by cupping can aid in promoting overall circulation and healing.
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Cupping can induce relaxation and reduce stress by easing muscle tension.
- Respiratory Issues: In some cases, cupping is used to treat respiratory conditions like colds, bronchitis, or asthma.
Interested in Cupping?
It’s important to note that while cupping is used by many for its perceived benefits, scientific research on its effectiveness is ongoing, and individual experiences may vary. Individuals considering cupping should schedule a consult with Dr. Korwitts and the team to discuss their health and wellness goals.