Sunday, July 26, 2009

Of Cupping Therapy, Gyneth Paltrow and the Olympics

Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum that is created in a cup(s), either by heat or by suction. Cupping has been used for thousands of years. Although it is often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, other cultures such as the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks knew of this of therapy and used it.

Often used to alleviate aches and pains, cupping is also a popular way of combating cold and flu congestion as it clears up and opens the lungs.
Receiving cupping treatment is very relaxing and has so many preventive and curative benefits! Depending on the degree of suction used, cupping can leave marks on the skin that can remain up to a week.The marks that are left are not bruises, they are discolorations of the skin and are evidence of the amount of stagnation and toxicity that was drawn to the surface.

Lately, the after-effects of cupping, apart from improved health have made the news.The photo at the right shows the distinct marks of cupping therapy on a world class athlete during the'08 Olympics.

Gwyneth Paltrow caused a stir recently when she turned up at a NYC affair exposing a back full of circular blotches. Apparently she was so busy choosing a shirt to hide her "post pregnancy belly" that she forgot about the recent cupping treatment and its evidence on her skin.

" I completely forgot because I had got them a week before and I always have them. I have been a big fan of Chinese medicine for a long time because it works and it's thousands of years old and one of the things they do in Chinese medicine, beside acupuncture, is a thing called cupping."
She was embarrassed about it all but I think the incident brought a much misunderstood therapy out in the open...who knows, in this day of tatoos and piercings, cupping marks may become all the rage...

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