Cupping Therapy (Preventative Care)
Cupping therapy is one of the ancient form of alternative medicine technique in which a therapist puts special cups on the person’s skin for some minutes to create a pop of suction. Although, this therapy is no where new but it’s being trendy now in major parts of world for the treatment purposes. The origins of this therapy are derived from Middle Eastern, Egyptian, and Chinese cultures.
Many people get this therapy for many different purposes, including:
- Healing their body pain
- Blood flow
- Getting relaxation to feel well-being
- As an alternative of deep-tissue massage
Types of Cups
The cups in this treatment are mainly consists of:
There may be many different types of cupping used for the treatment, but primary cuppings are:
- Dry Cupping
- Wet Cupping
During both types of cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, he puts the cup upside down on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes. A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.
Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, he or she does a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood. Afterward, you may get an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. Your skin should look normal again within 10 days.
Some people also get needle cupping, in which the therapist first inserts acupuncture needles and then puts cups over them.
Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional, but you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin:
- Mild Discomfort
- Skin Infection