How does cupping work?

Allieson Arentz, licensed massage therapist, Agnesian HealthCare Integrative Health
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Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.

Cupping is used to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils or acupuncture.

Cupping works by expanding the capillaries, and increasing the amount of fluid entering and leaving tissues. In addition, cupping therapy provokes a relaxation response in some people, which means it’s useful for lowering stress.

If you have an interest in cupping and its benefits, individuals have reported improved health in the following areas:

  • Helps reduce pain and inflammation
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Boosts skin health
  • Helps treat respiratory issues and colds
  • Improves digestion

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