Cupping Therapy

Some people utilize cupping therapy, an ancient medicinal method, to reduce discomfort. Your arms, legs, back, stomach, and other body areas may be covered with cups by the provider. Your skin is drawn upward by a suction force or vacuum inside the cup.

A type of alternative medicine with its roots in China and West Asia is cupping therapy. This technique has been used by humans for thousands of years./p>

Cup therapy, suction cup therapy, and cupping are some other names for cupping therapy.

What results from cupping therapy?

Cupping applies suction to target bodily parts to move blood toward or away from them. Cupping is mostly used to treat painful disorders. It also helps with chronic (long-term) health difficulties, according to some people. The symptoms of: may be lessened by cupping

Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Back pain, neck pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.

Asthma and other breathing issues.

Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders like irritable bowel disease (IBD).

Headaches and migraines.

High blood pressure (hypertension).

Procedure Details

How does cupping work?

Experts are still exploring how cupping eases pain and disease symptoms. There isn’t a lot of research on the therapy.

Suction from cupping draws fluid into the treated area. This suction force expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under your skin. Your body replenishes the cupped areas with healthier blood flow and stimulates proper and normal healing at a cellular level. Because of this effect, some people think that cupping releases toxins.

Cupping methods include:

Dry: The interior of each cup is heated by your provider. The conventional technique entails lighting a cotton ball soaked in alcohol on fire. The vacuum is caused by the heat forcing oxygen out of the cup. A more contemporary method includes emptying the cups of air using a suction mechanism. Your skin is drawn upward into the cup by the vacuum force.

Running: It's comparable to dry cupping. However, your healthcare professional will apply oil or lotion to your skin before starting. After the cups are in place, they will carefully slide them over the afflicted portion of your body in various directions.

Bleeding: Before applying the cups, your healthcare professional delicately punctures your skin with a needle. This makes it possible for the suctioned blood that is trapped in the cup to release toxins.

Depending on the treatment, your provider may place multiple cups on your skin. On average, providers use between three and five cups, though they might use up to seven. It’s uncommon to get more than seven cups in a single treatment.