Should cupping leave bruises?

Yes, you may get some of those too. But fret not! It is common for cupping to leave distinctive small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied and it is usually painless. These cupping marks are discoloration of the skin due to broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, much like a bruise.

What does the color of the cupping bruises mean?

The red marks are a result of the blood being pulled into that area. The darker the mark, the more stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) were dredged up during treatment. The marks last anywhere from a few hours to several days. The more often you receive cupping for the same issue, the lighter the marks will be.

Is cupping massage make bruises?

Cupping therapy involves creating a suction force to pull blood into the skin. Cupping causes bruising and can lead to skin infection.

How long do cupping bruises take to heal?

The bruises from cupping can last for a few days up to 2 weeks. According to TCM practitioner Casco, it is expected that over several weeks of repeated cupping treatments the bruising will decrease as the stagnation resolves. This indicates a successful result of a cupping treatment protocol.

Can cupping cause permanent marks?

Cupping can cause side effects such as persistent skin discoloration, scars, burns, and infections, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. Rare cases of severe side effects have been reported, such as bleeding inside the skull (after cupping on the scalp) and anemia from blood loss (after repeated wet cupping).

Why are my cupping marks so dark?

A darker colouring means that there is a high level of toxins and stagnation in the section of the body that has been treated. In this case, the marks can last for up to 3 weeks. However, if there are hardly any toxins, the colouring could be just a light pink and is likely to dissipate within a few hours.

How do you get rid of cupping marks fast?

If you’d like those marks to go away faster, do two things: hydrate and rest. Everyone’s body responds differently to cupping, even when following these cupping aftercare guidelines. If you have any questions either before or after a cupping appointment, please call us to speak with a licensed therapist.

How do you get rid of suction spots?

Cleansing regularly and using something such as salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid or BHA, known for exfoliating deep inside the pore) or glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA) to gently exfoliate the surface of the skin can help.

What toxins are released after cupping?

Blood vessels in the treated areas by cupping are dilated by release of vasodilators such as adenosine, noradrenaline, and histamine, which lead to increased blood circulation.