I had been down with flu for the last three days and today’s the first day I woke up feeling almost normal. Like a miracle, I felt my first surge of relief from flu symptoms yesterday after I went down to a Chinese clinic and had my toxins and ‘cold air’ sucked by suction glass cups. Now, I’m left with big bruises on my back but I feel good!
What is Cupping?
Cupping (拔罐) is a treatment practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves the placement of cups, usually made of glass, on the skin to create a suction. The suction can be due to a mechanical vacuum pump or the more traditional use of ‘flame’. It looks pretty gross to watch and the big perfectly round bruises it leaves look ‘painful’. But the treatment isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as it looks.
Improving the Flow of Qi
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a very important concept is the ‘Qi’ or the ‘life force’. Cupping is supposed to work like the reverse of massage where instead of applying pressure on meridian points, it pulls the muscles and skin from these points to open up the flow of Qi and assist in the release of toxins from the body.
I felt ‘rejuvenated’ and almost back to normal
To be honest, although I’ve believed for a while now that cupping can relieve fatigue symptoms on the back due to my earlier experiences, I never really thought it could help me with my flu symptoms. Hubby told me that he experienced great relief after going for cupping right before he almost had flu about two weeks ago. I was skeptical because Hubby has quite a history of ‘exaggerating’ good results.
Yesterday, although I was better compared to two days ago, I was still feeling really ill and heavy. I felt ‘burdened’. In fact, right before I went for cupping, I was nauseous and dizzy. But after coming out from the 30-min treatment, I felt really light, as if I had an incredibly good power nap. I didn’t pay attention to it at first until Hubby told me I had been blabbering non-stop about TV shows and internet gossip for about 1 1/2 hours which meant I was obviously feeling much, much better.
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Although this treatment is relatively safe, the procedure still requires trained hands. I doubt it’s just me watching all the Final Destination movies but I’m sure you’ll agree that, especially with the use of flames to create the vacuum, a lot of things can go wrong. Besides, cupping needs to follow the meridian points of the body or it might do more harm than good. After the treatment, I was advised to avoid anything cold for two hours.