Cupping therapy a form of alternative

Cupping therapy a form of alternative

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.

Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, they do a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood. Cupping typically leaves round bruises on a person’s skin, where blood vessels burst after exposure to the procedure’s suction effects. Many doctors consider cupping therapy a complementary therapy, which means that many do not recognize it as part of Western medicine. However, this does not mean it is not effective. Therapists sometimes use complementary treatments with supporting research in addition to Western medicine.

One of the oldest medical textbooks known to man, Ebers Papyrus, actually describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping as far back as 1,550 B.C. Historically, ancient civilizations used cupping therapy to treat respiratory issues such as pneumonia or bronchitis. However, we now know that there are other ailments that the process can treat. If you are suffering from medical problems such as shortness of breath, wheezing, bronchial inflammation, or illness, please consult your primary care physician as soon as possible to determine the best course of treatment.

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