Cupping is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history and contributes much to form the backbone of TCM. In China, archaeologists have found evidence of Traditional Cupping dating back to 1000 B.C. The earliest instrument used was a gourd, but this soon evolved to use animal horns, stone, bones, bamboo, and pottery. Now we have smooth rimmed glass, plastic, and silicone cups.
How it works
Cupping employs negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, for superior body work. By creating suction and negative pressure, it releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin, muscles, joints, and other various musculoskeletal structures. The suction facilitates the excretion of lactic acids and toxins from within the muscles and its surrounding support. The cup is placed over the treatment area and a vacuum is created by reducing the pressure inside the cup, therefore stretching the underlying tissues up into the cup. Methods to create the vacuum include thermal contraction, hand pump, rubber aspirators, or the manipulation of the cup itself.
Cupping has remarkable effects on the digestive system as a whole and has been used extensively for asthma and pneumonia; the respiratory system. Cupping is beneficial to all areas of the body and can increase the rate of recovery from pain and disease. It has superior effects on the skin, muscles, joints, circulatory system, and nervous system, as well as targeting the treatment of chronic and acute pain and cosmetic issues. Treatments not only are highly successful in delivering the desired results, it feels great. Cupping can allow for a very deep relaxation to move through the body.