Cupping therapy is a fascinating medical technique both in that there is evidence of its practice dating back as far as 3,000 B.C. and in that cupping therapy was practiced so widely in so many different cultures. Indeed cupping therapy was part of Western medicine until the late 19th century and is seeing a revival again in the Western medical tradition today.
Cupping therapy works by creating a partial vacuum under the cup forming what is essentially an airtight seal. The cup sucks to the skin pulling in soft tissue. This also has the effect of drawing blood to the area under suction. Cupping therapy can be a great treatment for back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions. In many parts of Asia, it is believed that cupping therapy can improve the flow of chi and help fight respiratory diseases, anxiety and depression.
Cupping therapy increases blood flow in the cupped areas. Easter Asian practitioners use it along the meridian lines Ã¢ÂÂ where they believe the energy flows. More blood means more oxygen to the area and quicker healing.
It is said to treat a wide range of medical conditions;
- Muscle tension and muscle back pain
- Skin problems like eczema and acne
- Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis
- Bronchial congestion as in cases of allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins