Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
What are the benefits of cupping?
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and even common cold.
How often should you have cupping?
Cupping can be done as often as two times a week usually. If the cupping left severe red marks, most physicians will wait until the marks go away. Some patients come in for weekly cupping sessions for stress and tension, while others come as needed for lung or skin issues.
What are the side effects of cupping?
Cupping may cause pain, blister, swelling, burns, skin pigmentation and diziness. Cupping also leaves round purple marks or circular bruises on the skin; these marks may begin to fade after several days but can remain for two to three weeks.
How long does it take to recover from cupping?
Any mild bruising or other marks usually go away within 10 days of the session. Cupping is sometimes performed along with acupuncture treatments.