Let’s think back to the Olympics…remember when a ton of athletes were caught in photos with those red rings on various parts of their bodies? That was due to cupping. While cupping is hot and trendy now, it is definitely not a new treatment. This type of therapy dates all the way back to 1,550 B.C.!
What is Cupping Therapy?
Alright, so let’s talk about what cupping is. According to WebMD, cupping is the process in which an administer puts, “a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, he puts the cup upside down on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.” However, new techniques now may use a silicone cup which can be put on various parts of the body during a session. Also, keep in mind there are different types of cupping, which include; dry, wet, fire, or needle cupping. Learn more about cupping here.
There are very limited scientific studies that have proven the effectiveness of cupping. However, many claim that this ancient Chinese treatment can help with releasing stagnant blood that may cause various ailments. Claims have been made that cupping can help treat; the common cold, bronchitis, pain, digestive and gynecological issues, sleep disorders and more.
What to Expect
Cupping has been said to be fairly safe if done by a trained professional. However, be cautioned that many persons performing cupping have had little to no medical training. Meaning, do your homework first. Next, expect to bruise and experience some mild discomfort as a result. In general, if performed by a trained medical professional, cupping is a safe natural remedy that may help to decrease symptoms of some common ailments.