Most people consider cupping to be an outdated and even brutal medical practice. One of the reasons for this opinion is the medieval medical practice in which doctor holds a flame under a cup prior putting it on the back of a patient, creating a vacuum and sucking the skin up in the cup.
The practice itself is so different than the way modern medicine works, so we find it difficult to believe that it does benefit our health.
However, once you learn about its benefits and all the positive ways it affects your health you will try it out and get hooked. This ancient practice is definitely worth trying!
There are different types of cupping, and the practice itself rests on the Traditional Chinese Medicinal practice of acupressure, so it is no wonder that it provides potent therapeutic effects.
5 WAYS CUPPING WORKS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Cupping shouldn’t be done at home due to the potential risk of infection, injury, and doing more harm than good. The International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA) has an international list of trained therapists, so you can find a practitioner using the link on their website.
According to the Association, cupping improves the overall health and treats both physical and mental health problems, such as cold or flu, sciatica, arthritis, muscle pain, intestinal problems, cellulite, stretch marks, anxiety, and depression.
The ICTA lists these health benefits of cupping:
- Pulls blood supply to the skin
- Stretches muscle and connective tissue
- Encourages circulation
- Loosens scar tissue adhesions
- Stimulates the flow of Qi energy
- Relieves inflammation
- Promotes the flow of lymphatic fluid to stimulate the immune system
- Deep tissue stimulation
Science Explains 5 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Try Cupping
1. Boosted immune system function
Saudi Arabian and Egyptian researchers argue that the therapy ‘may be a promising treatment for increasing immunity of human body, potentiating pharmacological effects of modern drugs and clearing blood from pathological substances causing and related to pathogenesis of many diseases. ‘ It was shown that cupping therapy boosted immune function by whooping 155 percent when it was added to conventional pharmacological treatment.
2. Reduced chronic pain
The study also found that cupping therapy reduced the intensity of chronic pain. The amount of pain reported by the patients was reduced by 34 percent after a month of treatment with cupping, 40 percent after two months, and 59 percent after three months.
3. Viral and bacterial illnesses defenses improve
Acne, dermatitis, cellulite, viral hepatitis, influenza and herpes can be improved by cupping therapy. It works on multiple levels and bodily systems at once. In the immune system, the skin irritation activates the immune system when increases the flow of lymphatic fluid. In the neurological system, neurotransmitters are released during therapy.
4. Reduced rates of cardiovascular disease
As reported by the study, heart failure, systolic hypertension, myocardial ischemia and arrhythmia, vascular leg blood clots, and myocardial infarction were reduced by the use of cupping treatment.
5. Decreased headaches
Migraine and headache pain can be so intense that people can miss work, hobbies, and social activities due to the debilitating pain. Luckily, cupping therapy does help improve the health of those struggling with headache pain.