Ventosa cupping has been on my to-do list for a long time now. As a spa enthusiast, I’ve always been curious how it goes. All I know is that you’re supposed to end up with round little splotches on your back. At an event recently, I finally had the chance to have it done, but almost backed out when I saw the suction cups being pressed on somebody and witnessed the not-so-savory sight of raised flesh!
Me : Ewwwwe! Doesn’t it hurt?
Therapist : Don’t think about it. You won’t see your back looking like this, right? You’ll be lying face down.
That’s how I imagined it to be: 12 injections on my back which lasted for something like 10 minutes. Would be hypocritical to say pain was negligible, because it’s not. But as humans with built-in mechanism for tolerance, I would say you’ll get used to it. 😛 It’s only ten minutes anyhow. Just get it over and done with.
Ventosa cupping is otherwise known as Korean Bu-hang, so I presume that it has its origins in the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s an ancient form of Oriental medicine that is used to check for blood circulation. The suction cups that are placed on the skin come in a kit like this:
After the attendant takes out the suction cups, she will check for any abnormal discoloration of the skin. Placement of the cups signify important areas of the body like liver, lungs, gall bladder and such. A spot that’s either too pale or too darkened signifies organ weakness.
The attendant from Amezcua did say I am quite “stressed” and that I need to improve on my digestion. She further recommended a live blood analysis to be done. Err, this is another “needle pricking” exercise to reveal nutritional deficiency, cholesterol, uric acid crystals, digestive problems, presence of bacteria and organ stress. Haven’t really heard of these things before, but after undergoing ventosa cupping, I must say they are desired pre-requisites if, like me, you’re going to have your annual medical exam soon.
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