Everyone Is Talking About Cupping Therapy – Can Those Little Cups Produce Big Results?
You’ve seen it. Someone on your social media feed is proudly showing off circle shaped marks on their skin. Seemingly everyone is giving this type of therapy, called Cupping, a try. So, what is cupping anyway?
History of Cupping
Cupping is not the newest fad. In fact, cupping has been around for thousands of years. While the exact origin of cupping is unknown, it has been documented in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. Traditionally, it is said that cupping was used to remove toxins from wounds. Additionally, the Chinese used it to redirect blood during surgery. It has also been used for the purpose of relieving mothers breast inflammation.
Today, cupping is commonly used to treat muscle pain, soreness, and stiffness. Additionally, it can be used to treat skin and digestive issues.
What Happens During A Cupping Session?
Cupping is normally performed either wet or dry. During a wet cupping session, your therapist will create a small cut to allow some blood to come out. Depending on the problem you are treating, your therapist will suggest wet or dry cupping.
During your session, a glass cup will be placed on your skin. A heat source is then placed against the glass to create suction. After 10 to 15 minutes, the cup will be removed.
Should You Try It?
Before you schedule an appointment, you should be aware of the risks involved. Often, cupping leaves circle shaped bruises on the skin. Fortunately, these bruises are superficial and will fade within a few days. However, if you had a wet cupping session, you may have small scabs that take a little longer to heal. After speaking with your doctor and your cupping therapist, you can determine if the benefits of cupping outweigh the risks. Many times, people are willing to tolerate the temporary bruising because cupping provides them huge relief.
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