- Cupping therapy is typically used for different types of pain, common colds and viruses, inflammatory conditions, blood flow problems, relaxation and well-being, and finally as a type of deep tissue massage.
- Cupping therapy is one of the earliest therapeutic modalities of Oriental Medicine (OM).
- First written about in the fourth century A.D., early cups were made from hollowed out animal horns and bamboo.
- Today, bamboo cups are still widely used as well as cups made from glass, plastic, and silicon.
- Traditionally, the air inside the cups is heated and then the cup is placed on the skin creating a temporary vacuum.
- The skin is then drawn up into the cup as an effect of the vacuum.
- The marks are temporary and are usually gone in a few days.
- Drinking water after cupping will flush out the toxins that have been brought to the surface.