Cupping is a type of ancient alternative medicine that dates back to the ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. An ancient medical book called the Ebers Papyrus was found describing how the ancient Egyptians used cupping for treatment since 1555 BC.
It is worth noting that cupping consists in placing the therapist in special cups on specific areas of the body upside down for several minutes, after which the skin is suctioned inside the cups.
These cups are made of glass, bamboo, porcelain or silicone, and their benefit is due to the fact that they relieve pain and inflammation, and help to relieve pain and inflammation. increased blood flow, relaxation, and a feeling of freshness; Cupping is a type of deep tissue massage, and it is believed in Chinese medicine that cupping stimulates vital energy.
How does cupping work?
The principle of cupping therapy is based on heating and placing cups, usually made of glass, on the skin. As the air inside the cups is heated, a vacuum is created that works to suction the tissues inside the cups when they are placed on the skin.
This increases blood flow, increases the elasticity of connective tissue, and stimulates the healing process.
Cups are often placed on the neck, back, shoulders, and other painful areas of the body. It should be noted that cupping may cause temporary pain and bruising depending on the degree of suction caused by the vacuum and the degree of internal stagnation, and it is believed that the appearance of pain and bruising indicates a satisfactory result indicating that the treatment has succeeded in removing toxins and stagnation.
At the end of the process, the cups are removed by raising one edge to break the vacuum and empty the air from the cups.
Types of cupping
The acupuncturist chooses the appropriate type of cupping based on the goal of treatment. The types of cupping therapy include the following:
Dry cupping: It is the classic method of cupping therapy. Where the principle of this type is to put cups on the areas of pain in two ways: dry, and the method of cups that have ignition inside, and leave them from five to twenty minutes, depending on the condition of the person.
It should be noted that with the progress of science, the method of applying dry cupping has changed, as the removal of air from the cups and their emptying is done using a manual suction pump without the need for heat; This method is more comfortable, as studies have shown.
It is worth noting that dry cupping requires four to six sessions, with three to ten days between each session. Sliding cupping: It is represented by applying massage oil to the skin before placing the cups; To facilitate the sliding of the cups on the surface of the skin
This type of cupping is usually applied to the large muscles of the back to treat pain and muscle spasm.
Wet cupping: This method is represented by pricking the skin with needles, and then placing the cups on the puncture site, and this allows a small amount of blood to flow from the area; Thus, internal toxins are eliminated, as is believed.
It should be noted that the Chinese use this method to cool the areas affected by inflammation.
Cupping has many benefits, including the following:
Relaxation: As the suction process carried out by the cups creates negative pressure on the skin layer, muscles and connective tissue, and in return it creates positive pressure on the deep tissues, which gives comfort and calm to the body.
Promoting blood circulation and working to renew muscle growth: the suction process creates negative pressure on the muscles; This increases the flow of new blood from the surrounding tissues to the muscles. Among the benefits of that:
Feeling of release from physical and emotional tensions.
start the process of healing and regeneration; As the exchange of blood works to get rid of toxins and dead cells.
heating the skin layer and increasing the softness of the tissues; Which restores flexibility to the body.
Reduce various infections.
Cases treated by cupping
Cupping is used to treat a range of conditions, and is particularly effective for mild muscle pain. Cupping is usually recommended as a complementary treatment in the following cases:
- Back pain.
- Headache or migraine.
- Knee pain.
- Muscle pain
- Neck and shoulder pain.
- Sports injuries.
- Pulmonary disorders, such as: cough, bronchial congestion, and asthma.
- Digestive problems.
- The belt of fire.
- Lumbar herniated disc.
- Depressive states.
Is cupping suitable for all people?
In general, cupping therapy is not recommended in the following cases:
- Children, especially those under the age of four years, and the older age are allowed to do cupping, but for a short period.
- the elderly; The skin becomes more fragile and does not benefit from cupping therapy.
- Menstruating women and pregnant women.
- People with muscle cramps and broken bones.
- People with cancer, especially when it has spread to other parts of the body.
- People who bleed easily or who take blood-thinning medications.
- People who get heat cramps.
- People who are obese or overly thin.
- People who have sunburned.
- People with a skin wound or ulcer in the area where cupping is to be performed.
Cupping side effects
In fact, cupping is generally safe, and does not result in the appearance of many side effects, and side effects usually occur during or immediately after the cupping procedure. Among the side effects that may result from it are the following:
- Round and red mark where the cups are to be placed.
- Pain in the puncture area and feeling nauseous during the acupuncture process.
infection: The infection is considered a danger to the person after the cupping procedure, but this risk diminishes by following the correct methods of safety, hygiene and sterilization by the treating specialist. vaccinations; To ensure the prevention of some diseases such as: hepatitis.