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A Few Information About Cupping Therapy

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Cupping is just one of the treatments found in Chinese Medicine that has been around for over 4,500 years. Besides the Chinese, the Islamic world and the Egyptians also have a remarkable history of using cupping therapy that goes back to millennia.

The cups used started out from horn, bamboo, then clay pottery and eventually to bronze. In this present age, practitioners use cups made from rubber, plastic, or glass. Hot oil or hot water and fire are used to heat up the cup to make the vacuum. When heated, the air inside the cup expands. The expanded air inside the cup as opposed to the cool air outside then creates a vacuum. When the cup has been heated for a certain time, it is then placed on the oiled skin.

Sometimes, the cups are heated with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball, or a lighted candle. Occasionally, the cup is heated by placing alcohol in the cup where it is set aflame. These days, a vacuum pump fitted on top of the cup is used as a safer way to form a vacuum. Much safer is to use a manual pump, where you can have more control of the vacuum applied, with zero risk of being burned by heat.

The abdomen and the back are the parts of the body where the cups are usually placed. At times, the arms and legs will also be cupped. Rubber-made cups are best used on the body’s bony regions, although the parts usually treated involve the body’s fleshy areas.

The dry type of cupping is the most commonly used cupping procedure. When some loss of blood is required, the wet type of cupping is used. In this type of cupping, the skin is punctured to allow a few drops of blood to fall into the cup before it is placed on the body. A small amount of blood will flow out into the cup, under vacuum. The cup then is used to pull out bad blood and toxins from the body.

Congestion, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions are the main conditions in which cupping is used. Cupping can also successfully treat pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and gynecological conditions.

The cupping areas are left with marks after the treatment. These marks can be round bruises that are the size of the mouth of the cup or as little as red rings where the edges of the mouth’s cup were placed. The marks usually vanish within a few days.

Cynthia Chamberlain is a licensed acupuncturist in Overland Park, KS.

Written by Valerie

January 30th, 2016 at 10:10 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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