Lets Learn About Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy
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Cupping is a form of therapy, which has existed since the Ancient period. Cupping therapy is where a therapists place cups on an individual’s body, which creates suction for better blood flow. Cupping therapy has gained popularity for the past few years, but traditionally it is a technique, which the Egyptians used during 1550 B.C. Cupping during the Ancient period was done using the horns of animals. However, it has changed over time, and now it is done using glass cups. 

There are two types of cupping therapy: Dry therapy and wet therapy.

  • Dry cupping therapy- This type of cupping involves creating the suction only using the cup.
  • Wet cupping therapy- This type of cupping involves creating the suction with the cup and making minor cuts to discharge some blood out of it. 

The cupping therapy given to an individual is based on their preference and their medical condition. Individuals who opt for cupping as a stress-relieving therapy usually choose dry cupping.

Does cupping therapy help in treating medical conditions?

There is no established research on whether cupping therapy helps in treating certain medical disorders or not. However, a few studies show that it has helped treat diseases along with the medications and other required medical treatments. It helps in better blood flow and relieves stress. Cupping therapy is done on major acupuncture parts of the body, which helps in healing body aches. Other diseases, which one may treat through cupping therapy, as claimed by the British cupping society, include:

  • Anaemia or Hemophilia
  • Arthritis or Fibromyalgia 
  • Fertility or other gynaecological disorders
  • Acne
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Asthma

What are the side effects of cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy is usually safe. It is done by professionals and does not have any severe side effects. However, it may cause some discomfort during or after the therapy is done. Irritation on the skin, burns or bruises, dizziness, or lightheadedness-like effects may occur in some cases. In addition, a small circular bruise where the cup did the suction will be visible for some time.

Some important points to remember:

  • Young children, Senior citizens and pregnant women should not go for cupping therapy.
  • Individuals with skin ulcers should not go for cupping therapy.
  • Anyone with any internal disorder should not opt for cupping therapy.

Cupping therapy is therapy, which comes with many health benefits and is quite popular now. If you choose to go for cupping therapy, make sure you do it by a professional and take their advice as well.