Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years. Meridians are pathways in the body that the energy of life called Qi ("chi") flows through. Qi flows through every body part, tissue, and organ which is why it is considered so important by alternative medicine practitioners.
Cupping therapy can be performed on a variety of body parts but it is mainly performed on one's back because there are five meridians on your back. These fiver meridians extend from the feet into the brain thereby nourishing and vitalizing the entire body. These pathways have both physical and spiritual connections both of which can be stimulated simultaneously. Many patients report feeling very relaxed after cupping therapy.
When these meridians are opened, the internal energy is able to flow through the whole body. Moving Qi and Blood is key in the reduction of pain, long considered a result of Qi and Blood stagnation. New advancements in technology and materials have been integrated with cupping therapies and its uses now range for many different treatments and applications.
Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.