Hello everyone. This is Monica, I’m with Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center, today we’re going to talk about the Cupping. Cupping is an alternative therapy that originated in China a long time ago. In cupping we use plastic cups, glass cups, wooden cups, or silicone, and many more. Cups create the suction and the negative pressure, that is how it helps in pain and tension in the muscles. So it creates the suction, by that the muscle is released or muscle tension can be released. It brings more blood flow and energy to the surface so that the tissue can repair. It helps boost the body’s energy so that it can release a toxin, and it helps flushing those toxins by the lymphatic system. Some of the things that Cupping can help is, of course, muscle tension, pain, swelling, inflammation, detox, and many more. Today we are going to demonstrate how these cups can help the body in releasing all these toxins. I’m going to put the plastic cups on the patient’s low back to create the suction. Many times patients have questions about the marks that Cupping leaves. If you can see here, these cups I have placed a little bit long ago, and when I remove them, you can see a little bit of discoloration on each area, differently. This discoloration can be pale, red, to a dark purple. In Chinese medicine, the pale color corresponds with blood deficiency; red can be a heat; or more purple type of color can say that it has more energy and blood stagnation in the area. Some of the things that you should avoid after the cupping therapy, which is shower, sauna or steam bath. You should definitely avoid alcohol on the same day. You should cover the area from the extreme heat or cold. And, drink plenty of water, so that all the toxins that cupping has released, you can eliminate from your body. If you have any questions, feel free to visit www.123yourhealth.com.