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Chinese TCM cups - what are they?
Chinese cupping is a popular therapeutic tool used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). They have many years of history and are used to stimulate flow energy (chi) along the meridians, or energy pathways in the body.
Chinese bubbles are made of various materials, such as glass, bamboo, ceramics or plastic. Their outer part is usually round or oval, and the inner part has a hole that allows the creation of a vacuum.
The process of using Chinese cupcakes consists in placing a bubble on a specific area of the body (usually the back) after applying oil or other substance to the skin that facilitates the movement of the bubble. The air is then forced out of the cup, creating a negative pressure, which pulls the skin into the cup and creates a slight suction effect.
Chinese cupping can be used for various therapeutic purposes, such as:
Improving circulation: By creating negative pressure on the skin, cupping stimulates blood flow, which can help relax tense muscles and reduce pain.
Detoxification: Chinese cupping is sometimes used to aid the body's detoxification process by stimulating circulation and eliminating toxins through the skin.
Treatment of ailments layout respiratory system: Chinese cupping is used on the back in the area of the lungs to relieve symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath or nasal congestion.
Reduction of muscle tension: The effect of Chinese cupping can help to relax tense muscles and reduce stiffness.
Chinese Rubber Bubbles
Chinese rubber bubbles are a variant of Chinese bubbles made of flexible rubber material. Traditionally, Chinese cups were made of glass or bamboo, but in order to ensure greater comfort and flexibility, rubber cups were also created.
Chinese rubber cups work on a similar principle as traditional Chinese cups. They are placed on the skin after applying an oil or gel, and then the air is pushed out of the cup, creating a negative pressure. The suction effect causes the skin to be pulled into the bubble, which stimulates blood and energy circulation in the body.
Chinese rubber cups have some benefits compared to traditional glass bulbs, such as:
Security: Rubber cups are safer to use than glass cups because they are resistant to breakage and cracks. There is no risk of damage that can occur with a glass bulb.
Flexibility: Rubber cups are flexible and adapt more easily to the shape of the body, which provides greater comfort for the patient. They can be used on various areas of the body, including curved surfaces.
Ease of cleaning: Rubber cups are easier to clean and disinfect than glass cups because they do not have a delicate surface that could break or scratch.
Chinese rubber cups can be used for therapeutic purposes, such as stimulating circulation, reducing muscle tension or supporting the detoxification process.