Before talking about severe stagnation, let’s understand what cupping therapy is. Athletes and celebrities have used cupping therapy to help recover from injury and pain by improving blood circulation.
The cup creates negative pressure with either fire or a pump. This negative pressure pulls the skin, fascia, muscle, and other tissues into the cup, flushing out toxins and promoting blood flow to the treated area and usually leaving a round mark after a session.
Today, we will talk about how we can determine stagnation and how Cupping therapy can help release stagnation under the skin to bring pain relief.
Round Marks and What they Mean
Round marks left behind after a cupping therapy session are often misinterpreted as bruises. Don’t worry, though as these marks are not bruises and can tell you a great deal about your progression in treatment. Depending on the color, you could be nearing the end of your treatment.
Healthy blood circulation will only show a mild redness. This signifies a slight stagnation of toxins in the blood and there is good blood flow. When this results, it’s very likely that you are either nearing the end of your treatment. Alternatively, it can mean that you may need other forms of therapy to address your issues, such as Massage Therapy or IV therapy.
If there is no reaction at all, it could mean there is an imbalance of circulation. It may mean that the area lacks function and is likely not performing correctly.
Moderate stagnation is shown when the mark is considerably redder, it means there is an accumulation of toxins within this area. Blood flow is good but some work still needs to be done.
When there are spottings with a red mark it means there is beginning to be a large accumulation of toxins in the body and there will be more cupping sessions to deal with it.
If a dark, nearly purple mark is left behind then there is severe stagnation. These parts of the body require the most attention and tend to take the longest to heal.
What is Severe Stagnation
In Cupping Therapy severe stagnation can be determined by the aforementioned dark purple mark. This usually indicates that the injury or ailment is not new and it’s been left alone for long periods of time. The injury will therefore require more time to clear the stagnation.
But what does that mean?
Where there is stagnation, there will likely be a pain. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the term stagnation is one of the most common causes of disease. Stagnation can be caused by chronic stress, pollution, smoke, or chemicals that your body can’t remove on its own. Usually, our bodies are able to remove stagnation, but when this is not possible there becomes a buildup of toxins which can cause severe stagnation.
If you want to remove the pain, remove the stagnation. Cupping therapy is one method used to remove this stagnation by clearing the blockage to restore your body’s natural blood and energy flow. Once the stagnation begins to clear you’ll notice some pain relief.
Cupping therapy is fine for the majority of patients however, those who have sensitive skin, are pregnant, bleed easily, or are physically weak should ask our staff at SOHMA to see if Cupping therapy is right for them
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