Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area.
The cup is usually left in place for somewhere between five and fifteen minutes 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. You might get 3-5 cups in your first session. Or you might just try one to see how it goes. It’s rare to get more than 5-7 cups, the British Cupping Society notes. Some people also get “needle cupping,” in which the therapist first inserts needles and then puts cups over them. Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, the discoloration left by the cups is normally from bruising especially if dragging the cups while suctioned from one place to another to break down muscle fiber. Usually treatments are not painful. It is believed by some to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling
The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:
- Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Fertility and gynecological disorders
- Skin problems such as eczema and acne
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins
Cupping is not recommended as a replacement for typical treatment.