Cupping is founded on the meridian theory of the body and has a dual purpose in one way removing any stagnation in the body and opening the meridians so qi will freely flow, the other way it can help by rejuvenating certain organs and meridians that are not at optimal function.
Scientifically cupping is known to assist the lymphatic system, promoting blood circulation, and is great for repairing deep tissue.
Cups can be moved or left in place for ten minutes although the time can range from five to fifteen minutes. Congestion of blood flow will cause the skin to redden. By pressing the skin on one side the cup is removed. Some bruising on the skin where the cup was placed is to be expected.
Recommended for treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially asthma and chronic cough), blocked and stagnant qi and is also used for other problems.
Cupping may influence the body a couple of inches into the tissues, thus causing the tissues to release toxins, activating the lymphatic system, clearing colon blockages, activating and clearing the veins, arteries and capillaries thus activating the skin and the whole system.