A lot of Western visitors to China are
fascinated by Chinese medicine.
"Cupping" is definitely something to try when you are here. The theory behind cupping is that is that a vacuum suction effect over the skin purportedly is said to draw toxins from the underlying muscles.
Most typical massage places offer cupping. It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and costs anywhere between 30 RMB to 70 RMB.
The circular marks on your back will be more bright and distinct depending on the toxins in your body. For example, if you are feeling sick and you go for cupping, the marks will be more purple because you have more toxins in your body that need to come out. Whereas if
someone gets cupping who is
healthy, the marks will not be very bright.
While it looks terribly painful, actually the color is created from the suction and it really
doesn't hurt at all. The marks generally last 4 days or so.
Photos from TravelPod.
[Last edited by lion lady on 7-Aug-2008 9:32]