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The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of cupping, is the marks that sometimes result.
When injuries occur deep in the muscle, the bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticking proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area- resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.
The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulation stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus make space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.
The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week--sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatment the marks will be visibly lighter and lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body.