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In cupping therapy, the muscles are tended to with negative pressure. This can be better to help with pain management than tissue compression. With the cupping therapy method, the skin, tissue, and muscles are pulled upwards, decompressing and creating space for lymphatic, arterial, venus and qi flow to enhance circulation, release muscles, and provide pain management. Massage Cupping has also been used for weight loss and cellulite reduction.


Cupping marks cannot be called bruises because of the way bruises are caused. Bruises appear when the body experiences some kind of blunt injury or trauma. The impact can break the blood capillaries under the skin, which is why you see the redness. The body responds to the injuries with a rush of healing fluids to the area that also contribute to the bruising or redness. When the proteins at the injury site begin to coagulate, blood circulation reduces and the patient feels pain.

Cupping marks are caused by suction from the cup instead of the pressure in case of trauma, and works to bring toxins to the surface. The most important differentiating factor is the cupping marks do not cause pain and if there is any discomfort, it is minimal and goes away quickly


The coloring typically ranges from bright red to a darker purple, and can last from 3 days to a week. A darker coloring means that there is a high level of toxins and stagnation in the section of the body that has been treated. In this case, the marks can last for up to 3 weeks. However, if there are hardly any toxins, the coloring could be just a light pink and is likely to dissipate within a few hours.

Clients note that even if the initial treatments cause darker colored marks, subsequent sessions result in lighter and lighter marks as the pathogens leave the body. After a point, there will be no marks whatsoever even if more intense suction is performed and for longer durations at a given time. However, in cases where the patient has experienced an injury, multiple cupping sessions may be needed to induce healing in the deeper tissues of the body.


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