Cupping can be used to treat various ailments and works either by suction which is created using heat or by using a pump creating a vacuum enabling the cup to draw in the skin and soft tissue, and drawing blood to that area. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins, drawing old stagnate blood up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area and allowing oxygen, living cells and nutrients to arrive for faster recovery. Cupping can leave marks which indicate that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.
Ancient Chinese medicine has believed that the body contains "Meridians". These meridians are pathways in the body which the energy of life called Qi ("chi") flows through. It flows through every body part, tissue, and organ. Cupping therapy is mainly performed on one's back because there are five meridians on your back. When these meridians are opened, the internal energy is able to flow through the whole body.
The use of cupping therapy has many benefits and can be applied in many treatments. Some of the conditions cupping therapy can be used in are:
There are 3 types of cupping:
Dry cupping - This is the process of using a vacuum on different areas of the body in order to gather the blood in that area.
Dry massage cupping – This is similar to dry cupping but oil is applied to the skin before applying the cups in order to allow easy movement of the cups.
Wet cupping - The therapist will use a small 7 point hammer to rapidly prick the skin of the patient in the area that needs to be treated. Once completed a cup is placed over the area creating a vacuum in order to remove 'harmful' blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin.
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