Cupping is a form of treatment wherein material cups are placed on the skin, suctioning the muscles upwards and helping to reduce pain, inflammation, circulation issues, and improving overall well-being. Cupping has been compared to a deep-tissue massage, for those unfamiliar with it as a form of alternative therapy.
There are different forms of cupping therapy, including those differentiated by the material the cups are made from. Glass, bamboo, and earthenware are used in cupping, and the most popular cupping material is unquestionably silicone. Beyond this difference, there are two methods of cupping – dry and wet.
Dry cupping involves using cups on a dry surface wherein wet cupping involves wet skin. The advantages of cupping is that the cups can be moved around the body or remain static, according to preference. Dry and wet cupping are both able to be manipulated like this. Wet cupping however uses mild suction over a three-minute period. Then, the practitioner removes the cup, makes small cuts on the skin using a scalpel, re-applies the suction, and draws out the blood.
Chinese cupping, another term used for wet cupping, is used to remove harmful substances as well as to detoxify the body. Although some scientists doubt whether cupping is capable of accomplishing any sort of detoxification, practitioners claim otherwise and many people who have had cupping done would agree. For a first treatment, it’s coming to receive up to 5 cups. Rarely will you ever receive more than 7 cups. Another form of cupping therapy, using your silicone cupping kit with acupuncture needles, is inserting an acupuncture needle first and then applying a cup over it.
Regarding all methods of cupping therapy, the scientific community debates back and forth on whether there is merit to it as a treatment. Surprisingly, cupping is not something that’s been studied very well or very often. That said, there are academic journals out there supporting cupping as a possible treatment for chronic pain, acne, herpes, facial paralysis, and cervical spondylosis, with some suggesting it could even be more effective than pharmaceutical medications.
Ultimately, each person will need to discover the benefits of cupping for themselves. Alternative health and wellness practitioners believe cupping can be used successfully to treat a variety of conditions, such as blood disorders a la anemia and hemophilia, rheumatic diseases like arthritis, fibromyalgia, fertility and gynecological disorders, skin problems, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety and depression, allergies and asthma, and varicose veins. So all in all, cupping therapy may prove to be very effective or may not be effective at all with what you want it to do.
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