But.his is one of many treatments used throughout history that aimed to control the flow of fluid within the body. Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same. Will 2015 be the year that you try cupping? When the cups are moved along the surface of the skin, the treatment is somewhat like guasha literally, sand scraping, a folk remedy of south-east Asia which is often carried out by scraping the skin with a coin or other acupuncture and anxiety object with the intention of breaking up stagnation. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. This complements many health modalities ranging from spa treatments and medical massage to chiropractic, physical and occupational therapies. The pricking is usually done with a three-edged needle, applied to a vein, and it typically draws 3–4 drops of blood sometimes the skin on either side is squeezed to aid release of blood. Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. Glass cups are fitted with a valve that attaches to a small hand-operated pump, allowing the practitioner to suck out air without having to rely on fire to de pressurise the cup first. Leeches – These bloodsucking worms were used in a similar way to blood-letting but provided a more localized way of extracting excess blood from the body. In a Tang Dynasty book, Necessities of a Frontier Official, cupping was prescribed for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar disorder. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle the technique is called gliding cupping. He completed his intern ship at St. The practice is typically performed unsupervised, without any medical background. He adds, “Fire cupping is the traditional, most effective method. It is employed especially when there is a toxic heat syndrome and for a variety of acute ailments. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin often referred to as “gliding cupping. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. Wang Hun, a Chinese swimmer proudly showed off her marks during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing . Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes.
There.re documented cases of burns caused by fire cupping. 17 18 19 20 Wet cupping is also known as Al-Hijamah or medicinal bleeding. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body. For example, hold a cotton ball dipped in alcohol with a pincer, ignite it, hold it in the cup, then rapidly apply to the skin; this is called shanhuofa flash-fire cupping; see Figure 2 . However, there are varieties in the tools used, the methods of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment. 16 The cups can be various shapes including balls or bells, and may range in size from 1 to 3 inches 25 to 76 mm across the opening.