Cupping is one aspect of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) therapy that has been in used for thousands of years. This very ancient Chinese medicine practice was introduced to the Mediterranean region as far back as 3000 B.C. by the Ottoman Turks from regions which are now part of the People’s Republic of China. Many European cultures have used it for its healing properties, to treat respiratory disorders (such as the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia), digestive disorders including abdominal pain, musculoskeletal and structural problems.
Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue.
The Cupping therapy mobilises the lymphatic system, promotes great blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair. The therapy removes any stagnation in the body and opens up the meridians thereby allowing Qi to flow freely. The Cupping therapy is the best way of opening up the five meridians on a person’s back to rejuvenate the body. It will also help to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at its best.
There are a few ways to use the Cups. Fixed position or Stationary cupping involves placing the Cups and leaving them in place for a while. Moving or Slide Cupping involves applying oil to the skin and sliding the Cups from one area to another to cover a larger area. This form of cupping can be used in conjunction with Remedial massage. Finally, there is Flash Cupping where the Cups are placed on the body and then quickly removed, in order to provide a milder stimulation.