To those who have never heard or seen a session where cupping therapy is used it can be quite exotic. But, as the Chinese have known for thousands of years, cupping therapy is an excellent alternative to invasive therapies and pharmaceuticals.
Cupping therapy uses cups that are applied to a patient’s back in a variety of positions to produce suction. This suction – or vacuum – targets areas of skin and deep tissue in the back. This is beneficial in treating pain, breaking up scar tissue, and relaxing stressed muscles and/or connective tissue.
In a way, cupping therapy is tantamount to the opposite of massage therapy because instead of applying pressure to swollen areas it draws pressure out.
Licensed acupuncturist and cupping practitioner, Jennifer Dubowsky, says the purpose of cupping is “to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove heat and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.”
There are five primary benefits that are produced during cupping therapy:
Helps to reduce pain – a report published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that cupping reduced pain in people experiencing low back and cancer pain, and helped soothe pain associated with respiratory issues.
Promotes Relaxation – alleviates physical complaints and allows people to enter a more relaxed state.
Boosts Skin Health – reduces herpes, cellulite, acne and skin inflammation.
Helps Treat Respiratory Issues & Colds – helps nourish the lungs and clear away phlegm or congestion.
Improves Digestion –helps improve digestion and reduces symptoms from disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Additionally, cupping therapy is known to aid with:
- Blood disorders, such as anemia and hemophilia
- Joint pain caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Fertility and gynecological disorders
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Mental disorders, anxiety, and depression
- Food allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins and cellulite
With its many benefits – and with the many adverse side effects of pharmaceutical remedies, cupping therapy is an excellent choice for all-natural therapy for the pains you may be experiencing!
Share This Article with Someone Who Could Benefit from Cupping Therapy!