Acupuncture Cupping - A Traditional Chinese Medical Modality
What are Cupping Marks?
It’s a common misconception, however, the marks left by cupping are not bruises. Same goes for Gua Sha marks. Cupping marks are cellular debris that is brought to the surface for the lymphatic system to clear away. This could be the result of past or present injury or illness.
Why do we use Acupuncture Cupping?
- Cupping is an excellent diagnostic method. We can use cupping to better understand whether the problem is toxin build up, muscle spasm, or something else. A nerve or bone issue will not produce any significant color change.
- Cupping demonstrates the exact location of the problem. The area with the most significant amount of stagnation will have the deepest amount of color.
- Cupping will tell us the severity of the problem. Moderate blockages cause the skin to become pink or red and generally take only take a day or two for the color dissipate. Severe stagnation will produce a deep scarlet, purple, or even black discoloration which may take seven to ten days for the dark color to disperse.
- Cupping helps to detox. Sometimes symptoms such as fatigue, lethargy, or headaches could be a symptom of toxic overload that your body is trying to manage. If you’ve been on medications long term, you need to be gentle with cupping because it will reintroduce substances locked in the muscle layer. You want to ensure your liver can properly breakdown anything that comes its way.