At the present time, cupping has become a trend among many people. Have you heard about this wellness method? If not, then let us understand together how useful this procedure is for human health. Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and a bad flow of energy through your body.

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In order to treat certain health issues or prevent them, cupping practitioners apply cups (glass or silicone) to the skin to create a pressure that sucks the skin inward. These cups are usually placed on a person's back. However, some people even practice face cupping. The pressure that the cups create draws blood to the affected area, increasing the blood flow overall. The fact is, increased blood flow can relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation. So, pay attention to this, guys!

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Why should you use cupping?

This is a great way to improve circulation and fight chronic pain. It is usually used in order to treat back pain and headaches. “It’s all about getting rid of musculoskeletal pain, which is often a physical manifestation of chronic stress”, says Chiti Parikh, M.D., integrative medicine practitioner at the Weill Cornell Medicine Integrative Health and Wellbeing Center in New York City.

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In fact, the culprit of chronic pain is stress. When we are under stress, we often tense our muscles, and that muscle tension can lead to physical pain. But you can easily get rid of physical pain with the help of cupping. “When people are suffering from physical pain, that means that inflammation has increased locally in that area. Cupping, then, improves blood circulation in that area by attracting immune cells to that location to increase the repair and recovery process, so that the swelling can go down,” says Parikh.

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Can cupping help relieve stress?

The fact is that cupping is useful for treating the more physical manifestations of stress. However, do not forget that these physical symptoms are the result of stressful situations. The best way is to combine cupping with acupuncture in order to help the mental side of stress.

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“Acupuncture releases endorphins, and may be better able to help manage the root cause of your mental stress and anxiety in a more holistic way. That’s why the combo of cupping and acupuncture works really synergistically to manage your stress from all areas,” explains Chiti Parikh.

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Should you try this procedure?

First of all, you will not get any damage from this procedure. Moreover, it can help you with chronic back pain. In our opinion, it is worth a try, don't you think so? However, do not forget about the fact that these cups will definitely leave big, hickey-like bruises on your skin that can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Also, we want to add that the color of the mark varies from person to person and doesn't signify how well the cupping worked.

Do not make this procedure if you have trouble with bleeding or clotting, or you have an open wound. The same goes for those with very sensitive or thin skin. “You should also avoid cupping on any areas where you have delicate skin, because it can cause tearing”, says Parikh.

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If your state is good and you are ready for this procedure, then you should find a good practitioner. Surprisingly, the best cupping practitioners are acupuncturists. “To find a good one in your area, I would recommend asking an integrative medicine doctor for a recommendation. If you don’t know one, your regular doctor will usually be able to refer you to a good one,” says Chiti Parikh. Now the decision is yours – to do or not to do!

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