“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” “
This classic Chinese saying stems from their belief that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, lymph, phlegm, and blood. Since pain is a result of obstructed flow in the body, Chinese cupping helps to break up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy and blood and therefore reduce pain.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and relax the nervous system. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage, rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward.