An ancient Chinese method found in many other countries these days such as Greece. I have even seen these cups in hieroglyphs in Eygpt on Medicinal walls in temples.
Cups have been used historically for many things such as pain and muscle tension. It has also been used to assist with colds and flu by drawing the Qi to the surface to expel the pathogen. Please note that research to date has not validated these claims and it would be best to discuss this with your practitioner.
How does it work?
Cupping works by using a flame to draw the oxygen out of the interior of the cup and then placing this on the body creating a vacuum effect. This draws the smaller blood vessels up with the tissue which can then leave bruising. It can be uncomfortable whilst the cups are in situ and there is a small risk of skin infection and burning.
Cupping should always be conducted by a trained practitioner. This reduces the risks involved.
At Queanbeyan Acupuncture cupping is usually used in conjunction with other modalities such as acupuncture. Your practitioner will discuss this option, the risks and benefits involved so that you can make the appropriate decision to proceed.