Cupping Therapy and Its Benefits for Health
Windowofworld.com – Starting from the Middle East, Egypt and China, cupping therapy is a treatment that is believed to remove toxins and harmful substances. Not only that, cupping therapy is also thought to reduce pain and inflammatory processes throughout the body, as well as relax the body and mind.
Cupping therapy is an alternative therapy originating from China. This therapy involves heating and a cup that is attached to the surface of the skin to allow suction on the skin. Cupping therapy is usually used as a complement to treatment for people who experience a number of certain diseases and conditions.
Understanding the Cupping Process
Before cupping, usually the cup will be heated first over a fire using alcohol, herbal concoctions, or special paper that is placed directly into the cup. When the fire decreases and eventually dies, the glass is immediately placed on the surface of the patient’s skin.
Until finally the air in the glass feels cold, then the cold air will pull the skin in the cup until the surface of the skin turns red because blood vessels respond to changes in pressure.
However, the method above is still classified as traditional. Now there is also a more modern cupping tool that uses a rubber pump. Through this tool, the therapist uses a silicone cup that they can move from one place to another on your skin.
In the method, cupping therapy is divided into two types, namely dry cupping and wet cupping. In this type of dry cupping therapy, the cup will be left on for a few minutes, until finally the skin turns red and sticks up.
In contrast to wet cupping therapy, a shallow incision is made on the skin of the cupping, then re-suction is done in the area of the skin that is cut to remove a small portion of blood. When finished, the injured area will be smeared with antibiotic ointment and covered with a bandage to prevent infection.
Cupping and its Benefits for the Body
Although it still requires further research, cupping therapy is thought to be able to treat:
- High blood pressure
- Depression, anxiety
- Blood disorders, such as hemophilia and anemia
- Fertility problems and womb problems
- Fibromyalgia and arthritis
- Acne and eczema
- Varicose veins
- Blockage of the bronchi (respiratory tract) caused by asthma or allergies.
If you choose cupping therapy to treat your health problems, there is no need to worry too much about the scars that appear afterward. Redness marks on the skin after cupping therapy will generally disappear on their own within 10 days.
Although cupping therapy may have various benefits, more research is needed, including on the risk of side effects from this therapy. Consult your doctor if you are still unsure about this therapy, especially for those of you who are pregnant or suffering from cancer.