Cupping has been practiced for over 5000 years in many different cultures.

In cupping, heat (a burning cotton ball soaked in alcohol) is placed inside the cup in order to remove all the oxygen and create a vacuum. The cup is then applied to the skin, causing skin to swell. The suction encourages blood to move quickly to the surface of the skin thereby pulling the build up of toxins and muscle spasm from the body's deeper tissue to the surface of the skin. Stagnation of toxins and wastes deep in the muscles or joints causes blockages in the flow of energy (Qi) throughout the body. These blockages, in turn, cause discomfort and pain. Cupping pulls blockages to the surface of the skin where it is much easier for the body to eliminate waste through the superficial blood supply.

Cupping is effectively used to treat asthma, the common cold, chronic cough, active congestion of the liver, diseases of digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems, muscle pains, some skin conditions and chronic pain. It is also effective for high blood pressure, neuralgia, worry and anxiety.

After a cupping session a sense of warmth and well-being invades the body, accompanied by a feeling of light-headedness and some thirst. There is sometimes a short period of tenderness at the points where the cups have been applied. Almost without exception cupping leaves a slight bruise or a ring mark after first application. Normally bruises fade away within a week. The follow-up treatments result in much less bruising or marking, as the circulation improves and the stagnation is removed.

The effects of cupping are immediate. Through cupping, the healing process can be shortened considerably.

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