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Cupping Therapy

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy is a practice that involves application of rounded inverted cups to certain parts of the body using vacuum effect. This cups basically upon placing over the skin creates suction and this suction facilitates healing with blood flow.

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

In the 'wet cupping' the skin is punctured prior to treatment. This causes blood to flow out of the punctures during the cupping procedure,which is thought to clear toxins from the body.

Types of Cupping Therapy

Cupping is often performed using Glass cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end. There are 2 main categories of cupping performed today:

  1. DRY CUPPING: is a suction-only method.
  2. WET CUPPING: may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

Application and Uses

Cupping is often recommended as a complementary therapy for the following conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Headache or Migraine
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle Pain and Soreness
  • Neck and Shoulder pain
  • Sports Injuries and Performance
  • Bronchial Congestion due to the Cold or Asthma
  • Shingles
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Spondylosis

Side Effects

The side effects of Cupping Therapy include:

  • Lasting Skin Discoloration
  • Scarring
  • Burns
  • Infection
  • Not applicable for the persons with Eczema and Psoriasis skin problems