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Cupping craze, is it beneficial or not

By February 22, 2018Healthy topics

Cupping Therapy Quickly Becoming Popular For Its Healing Powers

A form of alternative medicine, cupping has become a new “trend” amongst those looking for a natural treatment for different ailments. But, contrary to what most people believe, cupping therapy is not new. In fact, it has been practiced in Chinese, Middle East and Egyptian cultures for centuries now. Granted the years have slightly altered the materials used to carry out the procedure, the fact remains that cupping therapy has been around for “a while now” and has caught the attention of the people – so much so that celebrities are now seen promoting this hot new “trend”.

But what exactly is cupping therapy all about anyways? And why all the hype surrounding it?

Cupping Therapy – Type and Process

Cupping therapy is basically what the name suggests – with the basic idea being placing silicone or glass cups on strategic points of the skin of the patient and creating a vacuum to draw out blood to the surface of the skin to the parts of  the body that require healing.

Cupping therapy is of two types:

  • Dry Cupping – involves setting the cups on fire to heat the cups which is then placed on the surface of the skin for up to three minutes at a time. As the cup begins to cool, it creates suction which causes the skin to rise and redden – best use on soft tissues of the body.
  • Wet Cupping – Also known as ‘Hijama’ in Arabic cultures, the process involves creating a vacuum just like dry cupping. However, the difference here is that small cuts will be made by the therapist after which a second cupping session is done in order to draw out some blood.

Benefits Of Cupping Therapy

  1. One of the benefits that the cupping therapy provides is relief from chronic pain which according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) more than 100 million Americans suffer from.
  2. Cupping, throughout the years, has been known to effectively help people with allergies and respiratory issues.
  3. For those looking to detoxify their body, cupping therapy is a great way to do so! It draws out the unclean blood and “cleans” the blood stream, improving the circulatory system.
  4. Cupping therapy is a great way to de-stress and relax the body through its massage effect that provides relaxation to specific muscles and tissues that often seem to be overlooked by massage therapists.
  5. Since cupping therapy helps in improving blood circulation, it allows new vessels to form bringing healing nutrients and oxygen to the wounds that results in reduced inflammation.
  6. Apart from reducing inflammation, cupping therapy is also been proven effective in reducing acne and blemishes, resulting in clearer and smoother skin.
  7. It has been reported that a single session of cupping therapy helps provide relief to those patients who are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
  8. Known to be particularly effective at dislodging and draining phlegm and mucus from the respiratory system, cupping therapy provides faster relief from flu and cold.
  9. Those who suffer from migraines know just how painful and difficult it can be to get through the day. But cupping therapy has proven to be an effective way in reducing pain and symptoms of migraine headaches.
  10. According to results produced by the Science Direct, study suggests that cupping is a great way to reduce the neck and back pain that is often experienced by people, providing them with immediate relief from chronic pain.

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