Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area. Many times Chambers Clinic combines cupping with acupuncture treatments, but it can also be used alone.
Cupping is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or it can be practiced to help control a person’s asthma. One of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve is respiratory conditions.
Cupping is an effective deep-tissue therapy. Suction is created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, or by using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad over an insulating material to protect the skin, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. The flames are used as a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups. Once the suction occurs, the cups are gently moved across the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup.
In certain cases it may affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Additionally hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,’ promoting and focusing on the healing of specific organs that correlate with these points. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (making it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure).