No, cupping marks are not bruises. They are not caused by the same mechanism. Bruises appear when the body experiences an injury, a trauma, causing a break of some the blood capillaries.
Cupping marks are caused by suction bringing toxins to the surface.
The most important difference is that cupping marks do not cause pain.
Another question most people ask is: "How long will the marks stay?"
The coloring can last from a few hours to a week or longer. The darker the marks, the higher the level of toxins and stagnation is. The darker the marks, the longer it will take for them to disappear. If there are hardly any toxins, the coloring could be just a light pink and is likely to go away within a few hours.
The more often someone gets treated, the lighter and lighter the marks will be as the pathogens leave the body. After some time, there will be no marks whatsoever even if more intense suction is performed or a longer treatment is done.
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