The therapy of cupping has been used in China for thousands of years. Through several years of accumulated clinical experience, the clinical applications of cupping have become increasingly wide. In the 50 the clinical efficacy of cupping was confirmed by Co-Research of China and acupuncturist of the former Soviet Union, and was established as an official therapy practice in hospitals all over China.
Today, as more people seek complementary and alternative therapies to deal with their health problems, therapies such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and massage have become popular.
The primary object of cupping therapy is to move blood, remove pathogens and eliminate stagnation of any kind from the body. A warm feeling throughout the body, some perspiration and a sense of relaxation normally follow the treatment due to improved circulation and muscle relaxation.
The full benefits of this therapy are usually achieved after between 5 and 10 visits. Sometimes the benefits are noticed immediately, but short lived. Patients under 16 years old of age normally require fewer treatments.
Cupping therapy can be employed quite successfully during the management phase of many injuries as well as before the sporting activity, in order to help the athlete deliver their maximum performance.