July 11, 2016 @ 8:54 AM
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a kind of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. It is an ancient method of causing local congestion, where a vacuum is created with the use of cups, which are placed on the skin either using heat or suction, that draws up the underlying tissues. While the cups are left in place on the skin for some minutes, blood stasis is formed, and localized healing takes place. The cups can be made of a difference of materials including Glass, Bamboo, and Earthenware.
How does it work?
Cupping requires placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and forming a vacuum by sucking out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or engulfed, partway into the cup. You will commonly feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Usually, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the predicament, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body temporarily or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very popular area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well in other areas too, particularly on fleshy sections of the body.
Cupping Therapy Benefits:
One of the biggest advantages of cupping therapy is that it doesn't pose the risk of undesired side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do. Other benefits include -
- Improve Circulation
- Helps Relieve Pain
- Remove "Heat" and Pull Out the Toxins That Linger in Your Body's Tissues
- Promote Relaxation
- Boost Skin Health
- Promote Digestion
- Helps Treat Respiratory Issues and Colds
Additionally, It can treat a variety of conditions safely, Including -
- Blood Disorders - Such as Anemia and Hemophilia
- Joint Pain Caused by Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
- Migraine and Tension Headaches
- Muscle Aches and Stiffness
- Fertility and Gynecological Disorders
- Skin Problems Such as Herpes
- Eczema and Acne
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Mental Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression
- Food Allergies and Asthma
- Varicose Veins and Cellulite
Cupping is not restricted to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Variations of this method were used by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in other Asian and European countries. Cupping therapy was suggested by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider being the "Father of Modern Medicine," in his guide to clinical treatment.
Here is a list of Cupping Therapy Set in case you would like to buy one.