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How Cupping Therapy Works

Healing From Ancient Times

Cupping is one of the oldest medical techniques on the planet. Archeologists have found evidence that cupping was used to treat patients as long as 5,000 years ago. Even after 5 millennia, cupping is still used by medical experts to treat a large variety of illnesses. Why, with today’s advanced medical technology would physicians continue to use such an ancient and apparently outdated technique? Well, the only reason is because it works.

Types Of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy consists of two main methods – dry and wet.

  • Dry Cupping

In dry cupping the air inside of the cup is warmed, and the cup is placed upon bare skin creating a vacuum. Some doctors lubricate the skin in order to slide the cups around different areas of the body. Dry cupping can be used alongside acupuncture to improve the results

  • Wet Cupping

Wet cupping begins the same as dry cupping, but involves a second step of controlled bleeding. After the first cup is removed a small incision is made, and a second cup is place over the incision to draw out small amounts of blood removing harmful substances from the body.

How Cupping Therapy Works

Both types of cupping therapy have one thing in common, the suction. This suction is at the heart of what makes cupping therapy work.

Suction from the cups pulls up on the soft tissues of the body allowing the vessels of the body to expand. When the vessels expand circulation is increased throughout the entire body promoting the healing process, and improving blood flow.

This is very similar to the way massage treats the body, and works on several of the same illnesses as massage therapy.

What Can Cupping Treat

Cupping can treat a large variety of illnesses including, but not limited to:

  • Muscle Tension
  • Back Pain
  • Eczema
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Congestion
  • Varicose Veins
  • Anemia
  • Hemophilia

Contact Scottsdale Health Center for more information.

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