Cupping detox is usually associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, but ancient Greeks and Egyptians utilized it as as well.
Originally hollowed-out animal horns were used to drain pustules and later the cups were made of brass, ceramic, or bamboo. Although a number of countries still continue with these, today thick glass cups are the preferred method of delivery.
In Chinese Medicine it is believed that there are two causes of disease: energy depletion and toxic overload. This practice addresses both issues
Benefits of Cupping Include:
Relieves muscle and joint pain
Boosts immune system
Helps alleviate lung problems such as asthma and chronic·
Helps heal colds
Stimulates liver and kidneys to improve their function
Depression and emotional problems
Back pain, sciatica
What is cupping?
It is a completely safe, non-invasive procedure done by an acupuncturist to help alleviate toxins from the body.During a typical cupping treatment, the acupuncturist will wet a cotton ball with alcohol and light it. He will quickly insert and remove the flame from the glass which in turn removes oxygen from the cup creating a vacuum. Then he will place the cup over a specific area of the body where the skin underneath will be pulled up into it. This is believed to stimulate blood flow and break up obstructions so that energy (in Chinese known as “qi”) can flow through and toxins can be drawn out of the body.
Does it hurt?
People say it does not hurt at all. It just feels weird, like someone is pulling at your skin or pinching it a bit.
What to expect
You'll feel relaxed and a bit tired, pain free or lessened symptoms. You'll have suction marks on the area treated with the cups, but these should dissipate in approximately a week.
Who should not have cupping detox treatments?
Pregnant women, people with skin ulcers, high fever, edema, or susceptible to spontaneous bleeding or on anti-coagulant medication, and people with heart conditions. As with any treatment, consult your physician first.