Cupping therapy is great way to alleviate muscular skeletal aches and pains.
We’ve come a long way since the ancient days of cupping in which animal horns were used. Noted in the Tang dynasty (618-907) work, Necessities of a Frontier Official, cupping is prescribed for a TB type illness. Later, bamboo, ceramic, iron and brass cups were developed and today we normally use bamboo, glass or plastic. Since the Cultural Revolution the range of conditions treated and the variety of cups have grown.
Most cultures have a history of using cupping. In the west cupping was used extensively by Dr William Marsden founder of The Royal Marsden Hospital in Grays Inn Road, circa 1830’s. Today practitioners of Chinese Medicine use cupping to improve the circulation of BLOOD and QI (energy) thereby improving the circulation of fluid metabolism.
Cupping is great in removing cold and heat pathogens in the cases of flu and colds, helps shift cellulite, musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, stomach ache, headache, low back pain menstrual pain, cough and aids in detox. A version of cupping similar to massage can be done in which the cup is moved over the muscle. Often there are red marks but unlike a real bruise there is no discomfort to the touch. Redness disappears from 1 to 10 days or so.