Cupping therapy is a form of holistic alternative ancient medicine in which the therapist leaves special cups on the patient skin to create suction. People have it for numerous purposes, including to help with inflammation, pain, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of reverse deep-tissue massage.
According to Chinese medicine cupping is a treatment that creates a vacuum on the patient’s skin to eliminate stagnation — stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow— to treat the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Cupping is a technique used together with acupuncture and dry needling. Cupping sucks blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is very effective when stretching tight muscles. It helps the tissue form new blood flow, and it is the cause of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body.
Impact trauma leading to breakage of capillaries causes the bruising There is no compression in cup therapy. The marks are the result of having unwanted internal toxins pulled up to the skin.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
- Helps Reduce Pain
- Promotes Relaxation
- Boosts Skin Health
- Helps Treat Respiratory Issues and Colds
- Improves Digestion
The cupping technique has been in use for thousands of years, but it got prominent attention in the Western World in 2004. Gwyneth Paltrow in 2004, attended a film premiere showing on her skin round red marks.
Soon after also other celebrities appeared in public with the same marks, including Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston.
Mr Naddour says that he found the cupping treatment to help in providing relief from muscle soreness that comes as a result of gymnastics.
He also added that it was the secret that kept him healthy and saved him from lots of pain.
This must be the reason why many athletes during the last Olympics in Rio, appeared with round dark red marks on their skin.