Cupping is an Asian method of therapy, where it is believed to come from traditional Chinese medicine. The therapy has existed for several millennia and was even used in Scandinavian countries in the old days – it was a quite common form of therapy in Sweden in the 18th century. As for Europe, this therapy has been used for a long time. It’s been mentioned in ancient Greece as early as 400 B.C.
Cupping has been used for quite a few different medical problems. We will here mention a few traditional areas in which cupping has been used. Amongst them are issues with blood vessels, joints and muscles in addition to skin problems.
How does the treatment work?
Cupping works by applying pressure by one or more cups to the skin. The purpose of this method of treatment is to create a vacuum, lifting the skin under the cup. This vacuum stimulates the ligaments, binding tissue, muscles and skin. Additionally, the blood circulation will be stimulated by the vacuum. In general, the cupping will be applied on softer body sections, where the cup can make a tight, close contact with the tissue.
Which material the cup is made from can vary, as well as its shape. These days the most common ones are plastic, rubber and glass.
Cups made from rubber or silicone are reminiscent of suction cups. The shape may be different, but the cup mostly has a round shape. For certain types of cupping the air inside the cup will be heated by a flame before the cup is applied to the skin. It is relativly usual to lubricate the skin before placing the cup, this makes it possible to move the cup around slowly after application. Equipment for treatment at home can be bought online.
Cupping is generally regarded as a harmless treatment. Nevertheless, there are some issues to consider. The treatment is not usually painful, but can in some cases cause pain to some degree. It can be a bit painful to move the cups around. After removing the cups from the skin, there will often be marks where the cup was placed. In most cases these are red marks from the edges of the cups, and these will disappear relatively fast. Discolourations that do not vanish quickly are most often caused by moving the cup across the skin.
It is important to be careful and not perform the cupping treatment at home if the skin is thin or if veins are particularly superficial. If there are varicose veins on the area in need of treatment it is wise not to do the cupping treatment yourself. If the skin is damaged or if you have any skin conditions, you should consult with a doctor before treatment is initiated.
Can be used to treat cellulite
There are two ways of using cupping for cellulite. You can visit a skin clinic, massage therapist or a clinic performing traditional Chinese medicine to have cupping massage or cupping therapy done. There are also cupping equipment available to perform anti-cellulite cupping therapy at home.
To do cupping treatment at home is relatively simple. Cupping sets for home treatment are often made in rubber. They are applied to the skin by squeezing the cup. Once they are attached you can slowly move them across the skin over the areas to be treated. A couple of times across each affected area should be sufficient, and the best way is to move towards the groin or the armpit. To be able to move the cups around it is advisable to lubricate the skin, so the cup can slide across quite easily.
The perhaps most comfortable way to perform the cupping treatment is in the shower. When you are in the shower, shampoo or soap will do a great job as a lubricant. Cupping should be thoroughly felt, but should normally not hurt.