Time-Tested Cupping Therapy
From 3000 B.C. in Asia, to Egypt, ancient Greece to modern Eastern Europe, cupping therapy is the oldest therapeutic methods still in existence today and it is practiced by people all over the world.
What is Cupping Therapy?
A partial vacuum is created on parts of the body achieved by placing warmed up cups on the skin and letting nature take its course. As the air in the glass cup cools and contracts the skin is pulled slightly in. There are different tools used for creating low pressure; glass ball and bells, plastic and even rubber suction cups.
Dry Cupping Therapy – involves warming the air inside the cup and placing it on the bare skin. The skin might be lubricated to allow slide of the cup from spot to spot. Some acupuncture practitioners use cupping therapy in conjunction with the needles.
Wet Cupping Therapy – Involves controlled bleeding. After the cup is removed, a tiny incision is made with a cupping scalpel. A second suction cup is placed to draw the small amounts of blood out. It was lately demonstrated on the show “No Reservation” when Antony Bourdain underwent the procedure on camera in Finland.
Why Does it Still Exist?
It’s a good question that only has one answer: because it works. People feel better after cupping therapy. If they didn’t, people would have abandoned this practice hundreds of years ago. It’s relatively simple, inexpensive and safe. When done by a professional all it will leave on your body are rings on the back torso that will disappear within a few days. So does cupping therapy work? According to centuries of use and the generations that have continued to use it for relaxation, their answer would be yes.
What Are The Benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy increases blood flow in the cupped areas. Easter Asian practitioners use it along the meridian lines – where they believe the energy flows. More blood means more oxygen to the area and quicker healing.
Non-believers say it has only a placebo effect, but a study published as lately as 2012 in the journal PloS One suggests that it does more than that.
It is said to treat a wide range of medical conditions;
• Muscle tension and muscle back pain
• Skin problems like eczema and acne
• Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
• Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis
• Bronchial congestion as in cases of allergies and asthma
• Varicose veins