Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy which consists of placing cups on the skin to create suction in order to influence the blood flow. It is widely used to disperse wind, cold and stagnation of phlegm. The suction is most often created by heat or fire or with manual devices. Cups are then applied on selected body parts to remove blood stasis and restore a free flow of blood. Cupping is effective in treating various pain conditions (especially musculoskeletal) as well as respiratory tract diseases such as the common cold, bronchitis or pneumonia and skin disorders. Due to the accumulation of blood in a localized area, cupping usually results in circular bruises - where the cups have been applied – which disappear in 3 to 5 days.
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