Cupping Therapy

 

This is an ancient therapy used by many cultures for thousands of years. Cupping therapy involves introducing a flame into a glass, bamboo or a china cup, which will rid of oxygen and create a vacuum.

What is Cupping Therapy from our friends at Expert Village

Bruising, up to fifteen days can appear following the treatment. However, not all cupping methods causes bruising, only some do. Children as well as adults can benefit from cupping therapy.This action is followed by the practitioner rapidly turning the cup on to the desired location. Depending on the energetic condition of the patient, the practitioner can then decide from ten different types of cupping methods, which will be the most suitable method for that patient.

Treatment

For common disorders Abdominal pain, Anaemia, Asthma, Atrophy sydrome, Back Pain and Sexual complaints, Bed-wetting, Boil-carbuncle, Cellulite, Chest pain, Common cold and influenza, Constipation, Cough, Dysmenorrhoea, Fevers, Hypertension, infertility, Musculoskeletral pains (Bi syndrome), Skin complaints, Stroke, Stress related conditions, Depression, Tiredness, Broken veins and Sports injuries. Benefits blood – Improvement of circulation.

Functions

Regulating and betterment of automatic nervous system. Local Removal of Pain Relaxation of stiff muscles and tendons.

  • Effects upon the skin — loosens  skin and allows release of toxins
  • Effects upon muscles — blood vessels within the muscle are activated. Removes congested blood from muscles. Facilitates the flow of Lymph.
  • Effects upon Joints — improves the flow of Blood within the joints, the cavity and secretion of Synovial fluids.
  • Effects upon the digestive organs — improves the peristaltic movement and secretion of digestive fluids.
  • Detoxification: The most dramatic effect is upon the skin and the circulatory system. The blood and the body-fluid flow in the arteries and veins increases, this results in the removal of toxins. Following few applications (3-5 sessions) skin will look healthier with more color to it.
  • Effects on the Nervous system — cupping therapy stimulates the sensory nerves of the skin. The stimulation of the spinal nerves and parasympathetic nerves and the sympathetic nerves beside it has a good influence on various organs under its control.

How does cupping work?

Traditional cupping uses glass. To create a vacuum, a cotton ball is soaked in alcohol, then ignited and inserted into the cup, which will evacuate some air. The cotton ball is withdrawn and the cup is quickly placed on the skin.

Modern cupping techniques use glass, plastic or rubber cups attached to a suction device, or a compressible rubber bulb. Once suction is created, the practitioner slides the cup along a large body surface such as the back or thigh until softening of the muscle and connective tissue is observed. Pure jojoba oil is used to help the cups glide smoothly. This technique is known as massage cupping or “moving cups.”Your acupuncturist may use stationary cups, sliding cups or other techniques such as combining the use of acupuncture needles, moxa, or herbal preparations for treatment of other conditions not addressed with massage cupping.

Will it leave marks?

Cupping is generally not painful. Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia or other chronic muscular disorders may feel minimal discomfort and should mention it immediately so adjustments can be made. Many people report that muscle tension and tenderness continues to improve for many hours after the
session is completed.In areas of tissue dysfunction, this technique may occasionally leave a temporary mark, called “sha.” Sha resembles a bruise but is not painful. Traditional Chinese Medicine regards the appearance of sha as an indication that toxins and stagnation are being pulled to the surface of the body, restoring healthy qi and blood flow below.

Why should I try Massage Cupping?

Sometimes areas of tension or injury are simply too tense or tender to treat with certain therapeutic method ssuch as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy or cross-fiberfriction. Massage cupping is a gentle, non-invasive way to soften broad areas of tension so that more specific massage techniques can be comfortably applied. Massage cupping is especially effective fortightness of the iliotibial (IT) band, and chronic pain, tightness, and spasm in the middle to lower back.

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