Cupping Therapy

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Cupping Therapy

What Is Cupping Therapy And Where Did It Originate?
Cupping Therapy is an ancient Chinese method of therapeutic healing. The method dates back to the 4th century, when the renowned herbalist named Ge Hong, first wrote about the therapy in his book a “Handbook of Prescriptions.” Certified practitioners used the cupping therapy by using hollowed animal horns to sap out toxins of snakebites and skin lesions.  Over time, the horns were replaced with bamboo cups and then with glass.

What Does Cupping Therapy Do?
The cupping therapy helps in loosening and softening of muscles, using negative pressure and suction to cure a number of ailments. The whole process helps in increasing the blood flow by separating fused tissue layers and straining lymph to support glow and appearance. It also helps in loosening up stiff muscles, stimulating the proper flow of blood circulation. The cupping therapy uses three procedures for therapeutic healing; suction massage with dry cupping, bloody cupping or non-bloody cupping.

Benefits Of Cupping Therapy
The cupping therapy offers a wide array of benefits; some of the major ones have been listed below:

  • Increases blood circulation and helps in detox.
  • Enables better functioning of internal organs
  • Brings warmth in the body
  • Curbs down the issue of tingling.
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Reduces muscle cramps and tension
  • Improves mobility of joints
  • Reduces circulatory disorders
  • Cures Osteoporosis

How Is Cupping Therapy Done?
The practitioners use cotton balls dipped in alcohol and cups to undertake the therapy. The cotton balls are lit and placed under a glass cup; the process helps in creating a vacuum in the affected area. When placed in a stationary position on the body or moved gently on the affected areas, the cups help in improving the flow of blood and loosening stiff muscles. The skin becomes red with a strong cupping massage, which indicates that the blood circulation has been brought back to the place. The cupping massage does not act as an irritant to the skin and body.

Are There Any Studies Showing The Research Efficacy?
According to a recent research done by well-known Mayo Clinic, cupping therapy helps in dealing with fibromyalgia pain. The role and the effects of the therapy are not clear until now, but certainly have a significant role to play. The Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine states that the therapy helps in reducing the body pain. More than 300 studies show the benefits of the cupping therapy.

Who Needs Cupping Therapy?
Anybody facing issues like body pain, muscle stiffness, joint pains and stagnation should try cupping therapy. This therapy has done wonders in relieving inflammation, improving nervous system sedation, reducing congestion and improving blood circulation. Start by taking treatments from certified medical practitioners. There are a number of other sources like the Hijama practitioners, Unani practitioners and Ayurveda masseurs who are familiar with cupping therapy.

Precautions, Contraindications, Interactions About Cupping Therapy:
When going for the Cupping Therapy, have a few things in mind.

  • Cupping is not advisable for pregnant women, people with circulation disorders and other diseases like hemophilia, hemorrhages, lupus, or diabetes.
  • People suffering from skin diseases, sunburns, wounds, skin ulcers and anemia should not undertake the therapy.
  • If you have been advised to take anticoagulant drugs, avoid taking the cupping therapy.
  • Cupping is also not done on kids under the age of seven.
  • If you are planning to hit the beach, do not opt for cupping, as the therapy leaves red or blue marks on the area where cupping is done, making it look weird.

Taking an appointment with a certified practitioner and understanding the therapy in detail is recommended. Your therapist should be able to provide you cupping therapy based on your individual diagnosis.

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