What you need to know about Cupping Therapy
What you need to know about Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, where a local suction is made on the skin. Cupping has many purposes, such as relieving pain, decreasing inflammation, increasing blood flow, relaxation and promoting well-being, and as an alteration to the deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy became more trendy recently, but it’s not new. It goes back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern medicine. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. As Jevon Li, orthopedic acupuncture specialist in Los Angeles, always mentions, cupping is a home remedy in Chinese Culture and not a form of professional procedure.
Research and Cupping Therapy
Despite the cupping therapy believe that can help increase blood flow and promotes healing; the method in how cupping may have an effect on the body is unclear. However, a 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis in the journal PLoS One shows an evidence that cupping therapy could be beneficial in treating the pain and rehabilitation of chronic neck pain and chronic low-back pain.
Cupping is known to be a safe treatment for healthy skin when performed by a trained professional; however, bruising, soreness, burns, discomfort, and skin infections are possible.
Does cupping work for cellulite
In another note, I have been asked before, does cupping work for cellulite. Based on studies, It is highly debatable whether it can treat cellulite. But based on my personal experience and some friends, cupping helped us to reduce or get rid of cellulite.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Hence the poor support for this method among Scientists, the benefits of this method is said to likely to have a Placebo Effect that was recorded. In 2008 Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst explain in their book Trick or Treatment, clearly stating that there is no evidence that exists, beneficial or otherwise in the Medical Field, has shown that for sure Cupping has helped or actually cured a disease.
Lawyers claim that this method to be an alternative treatment for Cancer. This fact is however heavily refuted by the American Cancer Society, they have noted that there was no available evidence that could scientifically support Cupping to help cancer. In addition, they said that the treatment process had a high risk of burns for cancer patients.
Does Cupping Harm My Body
When undertaken by trained professionals and on healthy people it is assumed to be somewhat safe. The side effects are a bit too clear and even severe to undertake this alternate method on unhealthy people. The bruising, burns, pain, and skin infection, this method is disqualified in the group of replacing a typical method of treatment.
Research has shown this alternate method of medicine is specifically at risk to harm thin or obese people. According to Jack Raso (1997), the results of cupping when it came to capillary expansion are as follows; excessive fluid accumulation in Tissues and the rupture of blood vessels.
Mild to severe burns are the result of the method of this form of therapy, known as Fire Cupping. This method involves a ball of cotton soaking in close to pure alcohol, clamped in tongs, lit, placed in a cup, removed and the cup placed on the skin; all this done in that order and in one swift skilled motion of the hands.
Cupping Therapy Aftercare
Make sure any blisters are treated, by piercing them with a needle synthesized with isopropyl alcohol, and slowly emptying the blister of any fluid. Make sure you apply a bandage carefully to the wounded area.
This method has a tendency to harm one’s health than to help improve it, thus should be used as sparingly as possible. That being said it should only be applied to the affected or desired area for no more than 15 minutes at least once or twice a day. There are people who may want to use two complimenting alternative therapies together, such as medical marijuana, this has become more widely known in recent years at helping with chronic pain. Each state has its own rules about the use of medical marijuana, if you are not sure then it is best to check, you can search for ‘medical marijuana texas‘ if you are in that area, and then see if it is available to you. Discussing it with your doctor and checking out if this alternative will be beneficial is the next step.
Cupping can be found at any high-end massage parlor with the latest in acupuncture treatments, and massage specialists. The cost might be a bit on the extravagant end, but there is no putting a price on your health. Enjoy.