People get it for many purposes, including helping with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue therapy. Some therapies will even boil bamboo cups in herbal or aromatic leaves to infuse them with the plant's aromatic properties.
The benefits of bamboo Cupping:
This form of cupping can also be used to perform deep tissue massage cupping therapy by moving the cup along the skin. Once the proper time frame has passed, the cup is gently eased away by first opening the valve to release the vacuum. This technique ensures that the skin in not damaged. In many cases, there can show a darkened appearance where the suction is applied. This darkening clears up in a few days. In a way, vacuum therapy can be used to combine three forms of cupping therapy in a single session to relax muscles.
Liquid cupping is also called Shuiguanfa in Chinese cupping. It is so called because the bamboo cups used to create suction were first boiled in a solution steeped with herbs before instantly being applied on the skin.
Skin markings are common after the cups are removed, varying from simple red rings that disappear relatively quickly, to discolourisation from bruising, especially if the cups are dragged while suctioned from one place to another. Usually treatments are not painful.
The process of Bamboo Cupping:
The cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin. The methods of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment is called as bamboo cupping therapy. The low air pressure required may be created by heating the cup or the air inside it with an open flame or a bath in hot scented oils, then placing it against the skin.
In practice, bamboo cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. They may be used singly or with many to cover a larger area. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly.