Cupping... What's It All About?
Most of us would've heard about cupping – we see the movie stars and athletes with those round hickey looking marks on their back and arms (these are left behind after cupping for 2 to 7 days).
Then, you have others who see those marks saying “what the heck's that?” or “what is cupping?”
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, so it is not new. It dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. In one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping in their therapy around 1,550 B.C.
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If you're one of those who've been left out in the dark, then here’s an explanation of cupping …
What does cupping feel like?
When the cups are placed on your skin, you may feel a strong suction – most find this relaxing. When you’re having the cupping done, close your eyes and imagine the pathogens and toxins being sucked out of your body.
How's does cupping work?
Cupping works by creating a vacuum in a jar or cup – heat or suction is usually used in order to create the vacuum. A cup is applied to your skin where it pulls up the underlying tissue. The amount of suction all depends on the condition being treated – it can be mild or great.
The cups can be moved (after oil has been applied to the skin), or they can be left over a particular area.
For example, cupping can be placed and left over the lungs (for up to 10 minutes) in order to help ease breathing and decongestion. This form of therapy can also be used with acupuncture.
Different Types of Cupping
There are different forms of cupping, but the common ones include:
Moving Cupping – This form of cupping is exactly what it sounds like. Before the cups are placed on the body, your massage therapist will apply a lubricant to the area. After the cups have been placed on the body, the cups will be moved up and down. This form of cupping is traditionally used on the back – this will help to reduce the stagnation that is in your body.
Fixed Cupping – This is when the cupping is done on a specific region of the body (the cups may be left there for up to ten minutes). This is a strong treatment that creates a strong suction, so it isn’t recommended for those that have a weak constitution as it drains stagnation from your body.
Flash Cupping – This form of cupping is known for its speed. Your massage therapist will place many cups all at once – the cups will be left on the body for a short amount of time (normally under one minute) before they are removed, then reapplied. This technique will take place for a couple of minutes and is great for stimulating the Qi along with the blood, but it isn’t enough to drain.
Cupping may be used to treat many health issues, such as:
- Abdominal Pain
- Painful Periods
- Facial Paralysis from having a stroke
- Varicose Veins
- Treating Muscular and Joint Pain
- Other spiritual, physical or emotional imbalances
Now that you have a bit of an understanding what cupping is all about, you may want to go ahead and give it a try. There are definitely many benefits behind this form of therapy.
As always we do have to state the obvious and usual disclaimer.
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Want to see some research on cupping as therapy then please also check out BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine's clinical research.