What is cupping?
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese practice involving the use of suction cups to stimulate a number of health benefits. The suction may be created with the use of glass cups and a flame, or plastic cups with a suction mechanism.
What does cupping feel like?
The therapy does not hurt, and patients feel regions of strong suction pulling up where the cups are applied. In fact, many patients find the therapy comfortable and relaxing.
What are the health benefits?
- stimulates qi and blood flow
- draws toxins to the surface of the skin, where it can dissipate
- pulls and stretches muscles in ways that cannot be achieved by massage
- no medicine required, and non-invasive
When can cupping be used?
Cupping is often recommended for patients who feel run down, stressed, suffering from cold, flu, cough or when there is presence of toxins in the body which can be expelled with the help of cupping. It is also useful to help relieve tight muscles.
Are there any risks?
Cupping is very safe and risks are minimal. However, patients who bruise easily or have very thin skin should let the practitioner know beforehand, as the therapy may be substituted or adjusted to prevent blisters or bruising.
What is the cost?
The cost for a cupping session is $30. Normally the cups are left on for 15-20mins, depending on your skin type and sensitivty etc. Most health funds do not provide rebate for cupping, though please check with your provider to be sure.