Everything You Need to Know About Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a traditional therapy that dates back many centuries. It’s a part of an ancient healing system and is used as an alternative to conventional medicine. Many massage places that practice Traditional Chinese Medicine offer cupping therapy.

People who believe in this practice believe that cupping helps in restoring the balance between yin and yang, which means the negative and positive. The balance helps increase blood flow and the body’s resistance to pathogens and reduce pain.

Is Cupping Scientifically Proven?

There is ongoing research to scientifically prove the mechanism and benefits of cupping. A study review conducted in 2018 concluded that cupping therapy shows benefits in many conditions including both systemic and localized diseases.

According to the review, the advantages of cupping include:

  • reducing inflammation
  • changing biochemical properties of the skin
  • increasing cellular immunity
  • boosting anaerobic metabolism
  • improving blood flow

According to research conducted in 2017, the cupping procedure helps improve blood flow at the treatment site and stretches tissues.

It’s believed that the systemic and local health benefits of cupping may be due to the activation of heme oxygenase-1. It’s a gene that has an important role in vascular inflammation prevention.

These are some theories, but we need a lot more research to confirm the mechanism and benefits of cupping treatment.

cupping treatment on the back of a person

Types of Cupping

Technicians use bell-shaped cups to perform modern-day cupping. These are made of either glass, silicone, or plastic.

There are four types of cupping performed these days.

  • Wet Cupping: It involves controlled bleeding along with suction.
  • Dry Cupping: This method only involves suction.
  • Flash Cupping: In this procedure, there is repeated suction and release using cups on a particular area of the body.
  • Running Cupping:In this method, technician first applies massage oil to the area and then uses suction cups.

Conditions Treated by Cupping

Cupping is possibly effective in treating conditions involving sore and painful muscles. As the cups are applied to the main acupuncture points of the body, they may help in treating conditions involving skin and digestive issues. Cupping treatment may help in the following conditions:

  • shoulder and neck pain
  • lower back pain
  • shingles
  • knee pain
  • facial paralysis
  • acne
  • cough
  • diabetes mellitus
  • lumbar disc herniation
  • cervical spondylosis
  • hypertension
  • asthma
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Many places are offering cupping services, but it’s important to go to an experienced professional who has complete knowledge regarding the procedure

If you are looking for a place that offers professional cupping treatment, then Eden Massage is the best choice. We are a massage spa that specializes in traditional Asian massage treatments. We have trained and licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners who are there to help your mental, physical, and holistic wellbeing.

We also offer massage therapies such as Swedish, couple, and deep tissue massage in Fayetteville, NC. Contact us if you have any other queries related to our services.

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