Explore What Is Cupping Therapy & What Are The Benefits Associated With It

If you’ve seen the movie The Karate Kid, you must have an idea of cupping therapy. If not, read on.

Cupping therapy is suddenly a rage now, but do you know that this form of alternate healing traces its roots back to 1550 BC, to ancient China, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern cultures?

So, what is cupping therapy? In this treatment, the therapist places specially-made cups on your body for a few minutes to create a vacuum. This helps treat and heal ailments. This is also a form of deep-tissue massage. The cups can be made of glass, earthenware, bamboo and now silicone too.

20 Significant Benefits Of Cupping Therapy:

There are a host of cupping therapy benefits, including:

  1. Removal of Wrinkles and facial rejuvenation
  2. Treatment of Skin diseases, like eczema, urticaria and acne
  3. Weight loss and cellulite removal
  4. Scar removal
  5. Headache treatment
  6. Anxiety and depression reduction
  7. Varicose veins treatment
  8. Joint and muscle pain remedy
  9. Remedy for respiratory illnesses such as common cold, congestion, asthma, bronchitis and allergies
  10. Treating blood disorders, like anaemia and haemophilia
  11. Treatment of rheumatic diseases – Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
  12. Helping with Infertility and other gynaecological problems
  13. Remedy for high blood pressure
  14. Toothache remedy
  15. Gastrointestinal disorders treatment
  16. Can help in the treatment of some cancers
  17. Can help in the treatment of facial paralysis
  18. Acute conjunctivitis treatment
  19. Remedy for fever and headaches caused by an infection.
  20. Herpes Treatment

Types Of Cupping Therapy:

Cupping therapy is broadly classified as:

1. Dry Cupping:

A vacuum is created by burning combustible material, like alcohol, herbs or paper in a cup. Once the fire goes out, the cup is immediately inverted on the area to be treated. As the air inside cools, it creates a vacuum, causing the blood vessels to expand.

2. Wet Cupping:

Suction is created as explained above. Then minute cuts are made on the skin using a sharp scalpel. The dry cup technique is applied again to suck out a few drops of blood and harmful elements present in the blood to facilitate healing.

Further types of cupping include:

3. Massage cupping, where oil is applied before cupping and then the cup is moved across the skin

4. Vacuum cupping, where a pump is used to create vacuum.

5. Myofascial cupping, which targets the muscular and skeletal system of the body.

6. Magnetic cupping, where magnets are attached inside the cup and the skin, when it rises, comes in contact with the magnet.

7. Acupuncture cupping, which combines acupuncture and cupping.

8. Facial, or face cupping, is used to improve the condition of facial skin and slow down ageing. (You can also try Olay Total Effects 7 in One Anti-Ageing Day Cream to deal with age lines.)

How To Do Cupping Therapy At Home

You can actually perform cupping therapy at home by following these simple steps. You might need another person to help you do this.

  1. Buy a cupping therapy set.
  2. Start with the softer cups and a light suction. As you get accustomed to that, you can move to the harder cups and greater suction.
  3. You can use water or oil on your skin to help in the movement of the cup.
  4. Squeeze the cup a bit and place it on the affected area.
  5. Use slow movements to glide the cup. All movements should be towards the heart for better circulation.
  6. Do this for 15 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Once your body is accustomed to it, you can do this daily for 10 minutes.

However, we suggest that you try this technique at home with an expert supervision, and after they say you can now work with it, go ahead and do it without supervision. Do let us know your experiences in the comments below!Also, check out how to do salon like body polishing at home to pamper your skin a little more here at our blog.

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