The ancient art of cupping therapy
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine dating back 3500 years and it is still used today by many alternative medicine practictioners, in which a local suction is created on the skin; suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
Ancient Chinese medicine have believed that the body contains “Meridians”. These meridians are pathways in the body which the energy of life called Qi (“chi”) flows through. It flows through every body part, tissue, and organ. Cupping therapy is mainly performed on one’s back because there are five meridians on your back. When these meridians are opened, the internal energy is able to flow through the whole body.
Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.
Cupping therapy works by reducing the pain we feel in our bodies. In alternative medicine, pain is believed to be caused by problems relating to your Qi flow. In Chinese medicine, all the organs are connected together. So if you have a problem with one organ, it can affect the health of other parts of your body.
Afterwards your back looks like you just had sex with Edward from Twilight: vampire love bites!