You may have heard of cupping, that trend that’s sweeping across the world and responsible for those funny red circles appearing on the backs of celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.
But what exactly is cupping? And why is it suddenly starting to gain a lot of traction?
While cupping is experiencing a resurgence in recent years, the therapy itself goes back centuries. This alternative medicine dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. There’s even evidence that the Egyptians were using cupping therapy as early as 1,550 B.C.
During cupping therapy, heated cups are applied to the body. The heat causes them to suction onto the skin, and the suctioning is thought to help draw the toxins and cell waste out of the body. Many people report feeling relaxed, healthier, lighter, and even experiencing a sense of relief after cupping.
While some people are nervous about the red marks that cupping leaves on the skin, the fact is that these marks are not painful. Rather, they’re the result of blood being forced to the top of the skin, helping the body to detox. Depending on the severity of the toxins in the body, the marks can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
If you’re curious about cupping and wondering how it could benefit you, here’s a look at three ways that this therapy can detoxify your body.
1. It Releases Toxins That Are Stored in the Body
When your liver or kidneys are unable to process all of the toxins in your body, they are ‘stored’ to be dealt with later. Usually, these toxins end up in the muscles. Cupping helps lift and loosen these toxins. Then, it breaks up and drains the stagnation. The process is especially helpful for those who have been in a toxic environment or on medication for a long period of time.
2. Can Improve Circulation
Since cupping clears stagnant blood and fluid, it can also help to improve circulation. The vacuum that cupping creates pulls non-circulating, stagnant blood away from the area, allowing the flow of fresh blood to be restored to the affected area and the rest of the body.
3. It Can Be Used to Clear Congestion
Another interesting benefit of cupping is that it can also be used to clear congestion from a cold — or help to control asthma. It’s worth noting that respiratory conditions are one of the most common issues that cupping is used for.
If you feel that your body is overloaded with toxins and you’d like a bit of help “cleaning up,” then consider giving cupping a try. Don’t let the short-term effects of cupping put you off — the long-term results far outweigh any temporary discoloration of your skin and will leave you feeling relaxed and healthier overall.
Are you ready to try cupping?