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It is a traditional healing method that has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. By creating a vacuum on the skin’s surface, cups stimulate blood flow and restore the body’s natural balance, promoting healing and wellness.

This ancient practice has been shown to effectively alleviate a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, respiratory and digestive issues, and athletic injuries. This therapy also helps to improve immunity and promote relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety levels.

Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer, brought cupping into the spotlight during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Phelps, known for his intense training regimen, used cupping as a recovery technique to help with muscle soreness and tension. For athletes like Phelps, cupping can offer several benefits:

Pain relief

Cupping therapy is believed to help alleviate muscle pain and discomfort by increasing blood flow to the affected areas and promoting relaxation.

Faster recovery

By improving circulation and reducing inflammation, cupping may help speed up the healing process, allowing athletes to recover more quickly from intense training sessions or competitions.

Increased flexibility: Cupping can help relax tight muscles, improving overall flexibility and range of motion, which can be crucial for athletes who need to maintain optimal performance.

Reduced inflammation

The suction created by cupping can stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid, helping to remove toxins and reduce inflammation, which can be beneficial for athletes dealing with minor injuries or muscle strains.

Here are a few famous individuals known to have tried cupping as therapy.


Gwyneth Paltrow: The actress and wellness enthusiast has been spotted with cupping marks on the red carpet and has openly discussed her experiences with cupping as therapy.

Jennifer Aniston: The actress has been seen with cupping therapy bruises on her back, indicating her use of the therapy for relaxation and overall well-being.

Victoria Beckham: The fashion designer and former Spice Girl has also been photographed with cupping marks and has reportedly used the therapy to help maintain her health.

Kim Kardashian: The reality TV star and entrepreneur has shared her experiences with cupping on social media, showcasing the therapy’s effects on her body.

Lady Gaga: The singer and actress has posted pictures on social media of her undergoing cupping therapy, which she uses to help with muscle pain and overall wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction and stimulate blood flow. It is popular among some celebrities and athletes, and has been used for various health conditions. Cupping therapy can be dry or wet, depending on whether the skin is punctured or not. Cupping therapy is based on the belief that suction helps balance the energy flow in the body and promote healing.

What does cupping therapy do?

Cupping therapy can help with various health conditions, such as neck and back pain, muscle tension, blood circulation, respiratory issues, immune system, stress, and urinary diseases. Cupping therapy may also have cosmetic benefits for the skin. Cupping therapy works by creating a vacuum effect on the skin, which pulls up the underlying tissues and increases the local blood flow. This can also activate the body’s heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) system, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neurotransmitter regulation effects.

Can cupping therapy bruises cause blood clots?

Cupping therapy bruises does not typically cause blood clots, especially deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other serious clotting disorders, as it does not involve puncturing the skin. However, cupping therapy may cause bruising, bleeding, or infection if not done properly or hygienically. People with bleeding disorders, low blood platelets, or taking blood thinners should consult their doctor before trying cupping therapy.

How does cupping therapy work?

Cupping therapy involves placing cups on the skin and applying heat or air pressure to create suction. The cups can be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone. The cups are usually left on the skin for up to 15 minutes, depending on the type and purpose of cupping. Some practitioners may also move the cups along the skin for a massage-like effect. Cupping therapy aims to stimulate the flow of qi (energy) and blood in the body and facilitate healing.

What ailments does fire cupping treat? Does it help in back pain?

Fire cupping is traditionally used to treat a variety of conditions. Some of the most common include:

• Pain relief, especially for muscular pain or joint pain
• Respiratory conditions like bronchitis or asthma
• Digestive issues
• Skin conditions, such as acne or eczema
• Boosting circulation and promoting relaxation, similar to a deep-tissue massage.

However, it’s essential to consult with a trained practitioner or healthcare professional to determine if fire cupping is appropriate for a specific condition. Book a free consultation at our Pain manegement clinic to know more.

What should I expect in terms of marks on my body after fire cupping, and how long will they last?

After a fire cupping session, it’s common to see circular reddish to dark purple marks or bruises on the areas where the cups were placed. These marks are caused by the suction of the cups pulling blood to the skin’s surface. They are not usually painful, although the area might feel a bit tender for a day or two. The marks can vary in intensity, depending on the individual’s skin type, the strength of the suction, and the duration the cups are left in place. Most marks fade away within a few days to a week, but some can last longer, especially if the person bruises easily.

It’s always a good idea to communicate with your practitioner about any concerns, and they can adjust the intensity of the treatment to your comfort level.

Where are the Wellness Balance's clinics that provides Cupping Therapy near me?

Our clinics are located below, where you can visit for services and information

• 7-9 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9LX
• 49 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5HJ
• 36 St Mary at Hill, London, EC3R 8DU

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