Collection: Cupping

Cupping therapy is an alternative درمانی (dermani) [Farsi for therapy] technique that involves placing special cups on the skin to create suction. It's been practiced for centuries in various cultures around the world, including traditional Chinese medicine.

Here's how cupping therapy works:

  • A therapist will place glass, silicone, or bamboo cups on your skin.
  • Traditionally, a flame or pump is used to create a vacuum inside the cup. Nowadays, rubber bulbs are often used for ease of control.
  • The suction pulls your skin upwards, creating a characteristic circular mark on the skin.

There are two main types of cupping therapy:

  • Dry cupping: This is the most common type, where the cups are simply left in place for a few minutes to create suction.
  • Wet cupping: After creating suction, the therapist may use a small scalpel to make light, shallow pricks on your skin. A small amount of blood may be drawn out, then the cups are reapplied for a short time.

Benefits of cupping therapy (though research is ongoing):

  • Pain relief: Cupping may help relieve muscle pain, tension headaches, and chronic pain conditions like back pain.
  • Improved circulation: The suction is thought to increase blood flow to the area, potentially promoting healing and reducing inflammation.
  • Relaxation: Similar to massage, cupping can promote relaxation and well-being.
  • Reduced congestion: Some believe cupping may help ease respiratory issues like coughs and colds.

Things to consider with cupping therapy:

  • The research is not conclusive: While some studies show promise, more high-quality research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of cupping for various conditions.
  • Temporary side effects: Cupping can leave circular marks on the skin that typically fade within a few days. You may also experience some discomfort or bruising in the treated area.
  • Not for everyone: Cupping is not recommended for pregnant women, people with bleeding disorders, or those with open wounds or skin conditions.

If you're interested in trying cupping therapy, it's important to talk to your doctor first. They can help you decide if it's right for you and recommend a qualified practitioner.