Cupping is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is sometimes performed by acupuncturists and massage therapists. It involves using glass or plastic cups to create suction. Practitioners say it helps ease pain, increases blood flow and improves the flow of energy through the body.
In the study, researchers in Beijing evaluated the pain of 30 fibromyalgia patients before treatment and several times in the 2 weeks after treatment. They say patients saw a reduction in pain and number of tender points and that the effects lasted for the 2-week duration. None of the participants had serious side effects.
Researchers concluded that a controlled clinical trial of cupping for fibromyalgia should be performed.
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My Cupping Experience
For me, cupping helps a lot with those muscles that just won't unclench. The only down side I've seen is that it leaves a circular mark that looks like a bruise. I've had them ranging from faint to deep purple, depending on the amount of tension in the muscle and how long it's been sore. The really dark marks can be a little tender for a day or two.
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