The use of cupping has become increasingly popular worldwide, especially among (professional) athletes. Cupping therapy is one of the favorite therapies for athletes, in reducing the tension of the muscles, promoting recovery of an injury and thereby improving their overall performance. This, however, is just a small part of what cupping can be used for.
Cupping is known in the larger part of China as an ancient traditional therapy. In TCM cupping therapy is not only used for muscle pain but also for deep detoxification of the body. This is because it stimulates blood circulation and helps to remove blockages of the Qi (energy).
When placed on the body along important acupuncture points, the vacuum action of cupping forces subcutaneous connective tissue, muscles and blood vessels to contract. This stimulation triggers a series of neuro-endocrine responses, thereby better regulating vasomotor function and vascular permeability. Local blood circulation is improved, which in general promotes recovery.
The stimulation of specific acupuncture points also removes blockages in the meridians, and thereby improves the flow of energy. And a good energy flow results in a stronger overall condition.
Because of the detoxification effect of cupping, the immune system is activated, which strengthens the body’s own resistance. Usually, a kind of dark red or purplish color appears on the skin after cupping, which automatically recovers after a few days. This is a positive sign of the ongoing detox process.
At ChinaMedic we use a modern cupping technique, whereby the cup can be vacuumed on the skin via a pump. It is safe method and easy adjustablein creating the desired pressure.
Cupping therapy is suitable for stress related issues such as headaches, muscle tension, RSI, sport related injuries, back-, arm- or shoulder injuries and stiffness, or frozen shoulder. Furthermore, regular application of cupping can help support wellness and good health.
After a session it is advised to drink plenty of (luke)warm water and to wait with taking a shower until the following day.
We do not recommend cupping during pregnancy, people with high blood pressure, people suffering from blood diseases or cardiovascular diseases.