You may have seen athletes on T.V. with those red, round circles on their shoulders or back and wondered what the heck? Those marks are due to an acupuncture therapy known as cupping therapy or cupping.
Cupping was utilized throughout ancient Asia and is now being practiced worldwide. It is a great therapy to treat athletes and non-athletes alike. Cupping is used to treat colds, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches and many other ailments. It works by causing a suction between the cup and your skin and returning the proper flow of blood and "qi" or energy, thereby relieving symptoms.
There are several different cupping methods. Fire cupping is the use of flame to warm the inside of the cup to remove the oxygen allowing the cup to suction to the skin, stationary cupping allows the cups to be placed and remain in place on the body, moving cupping is the opposite of stationary cupping in that the cups continuously move on the skin, flash cupping is done when the cups are applied to the skin and quickly pulled off. These are some of the methods of cupping that are used to help in the relief of common ailments.