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Cupping Therapy: Benefits of Cupping


Are you suffering from migraine or chronic headache? Do you want an acne-free skin to look more beautiful? Or is this the depression that is deteriorating the quality of your life?

If you are in seek of an alternative therapy to treat all such conditions effectively, cupping therapy is the way to go.

Did you know in what ways cupping therapy can be useful for you? Noticeably, the British Cupping Society incorporates cupping for the treatment of a host of conditions. For instance, migraines, skin problems, hypertension, gynecological disorders, rheumatic diseases, blood disorders, varicose veins, and the list goes on.

More interestingly, many athletes and celebs are having cupping in the present times which is adding to the popularity of cupping at a global level.

Are you curious to know more about cupping? Keep on reading to get an idea of what it is and what potential benefits cupping has for you:

What is Cupping?

Having a Chinese origin, cupping is a kind of therapeutic treatment for soothing deep tissue scar, relieving pain, reducing muscle knots as well as inflammation.

Furthermore, ancient Persian medicine has also incorporated cupping since they considered it as an evacuator of the morbid elements from the organs that are compromised.

Also, cupping was used as a treatment of cough in the past.

Moreover, cupping is of two types i.e.,

  • Dry Cupping: This procedure only involves suction.
  • Wet Cupping: It is a combination of both suction as well as controlled medicinal bleeding. As per the suggestion of some studies, wet cupping has an association with clinical advantages of short-term in controlling pain as compared to usual care.

Confused about which way to go? Well, when it comes to deciding which method of cupping to go for, there are a few of the factors to consider. In fact, your preferences, your practitioner, as well as your health condition, requires consideration to determine which method should you opt for.

But, what about the procedure of cupping? Unlike many other treatments, it includes placing cups on the skin for the creation of suction in cupping. Adding to it, the suction is helpful in healing through blood circulation.

Cupping Benefits:

There are few researchers portraying cupping therapy as a positive approach for various health conditions. Let’s dig deep into it:

  1. Improved Blood Flow: According to research, cupping makes improvements in the blood flow as well as eradicates stasis. Not only this, but it is also capable of modulating heat, relieving pain, as well as alleviating symptoms of patients with
    • Apoplexy
    • Heat Stroke
    • Lumbago
    • High Fever
    • Erysipelas
    • Sore Throat
    • Carbuncles
  2. Pain Management: As per the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine’s 2015 report, cupping is helpful in treating acne, managing pain as well as herpes zoster.More importantly, wet cupping has an edge over dry one for patients having a headache or migraine.What’s more, patients who received cupping therapy felt actual reduction by more than half in the chronic shoulder and neck pain. Notably, this reduction took place only after receiving one treatment.
  3. A Host of Other Diseases:Similar to the report above, there is another 2012 report by PLoS One. According to which the researchers from Australia and China made a review of 135 studies with respect to cupping.When used in combination with other treatments e.g., medications or acupuncture, cupping therapy exhibited effectiveness for various treatments such as:
    • Acne
    • Facial paralysis
    • Cervical spondylosis
    • Herpes zosterNevertheless, this area requires more research.

Cupping Side Effects

As long as you receive this treatment from an expert health professional, it poses no dangers to your health. Nevertheless, a person can experience the following mild side effects:

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness right after receiving the treatment.
  • Mild discomfort
  • Burns
  • Bruises
  • Skin infection

Key Takeaway: In case of experiencing any of these side effects, you need to consult your practitioner. So, he/she could provide you with remedies or tips to follow prior to your session for avoiding any discomfort.

More importantly, cupping is not recommended for every person. Let’s have a look below to know who should avoid cupping or requires additional caution prior to undergoing this treatment:

  • Any child below 4 years of age should not go for cupping therapy. Moreover, older kids should only receive this treatment for a shorter period of time.
  • Elderly should avoid receiving cupping since skin turns out to be more fragile in older age. In addition, any medication that an elderly is consuming possibly puts an impact also.
  • Individuals taking blood-thinning medication, currently menstruating females as well as childbearing ones should avoid cupping.
  • Apart from this, avoid cupping in case of having:
    • A sunburn
    • A skin ulcer
    • A wound
    • Suffered from trauma recently
    • Disorder of an internal organ

What to Expect After Cupping?

In spite of getting relief from pain or experiencing other health benefits, cupping treatment can cause a skin infection and/or bruising of your skin. However, with proper care and treatment, you can keep such unwanted conditions at bay.

Want to know why skin infection or bruising happens after cupping?

As stated earlier, cupping treatment entails a cup that is placed on your skin which is then suctioned or heated or onto your skin.

Oftentimes, fire is used to heat the cup. It’s heated along with paper, alcohol or herbs that are kept into the cup directly.

Afterward, there occurs removal of the source of fire and the heated cup is kept on your skin directly with its opened side.

After the placement of hot cup onto the skin, cooling of the air takes place presented inside the cup. Further, there occurs a creation of vacuum drawing the skin as well as muscles in the upward direction into the cup. From there, your skin is probable of turning red because of the response of blood vessels to the changing in the pressure

After the removal of cups, the practitioner should cover the formerly cupped regions with bandages and ointment.

This is helpful in the prevention of infection.

Usually, it takes 10 days to get rid of any mild bruising that took place during the session.

Coming Closer to Conclusion: Does Cupping Hurt?

Although the procedure of cupping appears very odd and painful, it is not hurting that much.

Keeping in view the claims of some individuals, it takes pinching or pulling of the skin at the start of the treatment. However, this diminishes during the session and the sensation lessens because of the lessened congestion of the tissues with time.

Notably, many people want to have this treatment once again. Because, why not? Everyone wants to have such a relaxing and soothing treatment again and again.

Nonetheless, odds are you get bruises after receiving the treatment which will vanish after few days of the treatment.

Just think of having a relaxing and painless back after getting this treatment. Isn’t it really compelling to get this treatment and that too for a good reason?

So, give it a try for the best of your own health and to be alive and kicking. At least, it would give you the experience to remember since the treatment is of a unique kind. Don’t you think so?



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