Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; Chinese Medicine believes cupping can mobilizes Chi and blood flow in order to promote healing.
There are various types of cupping therapy, including:
Dry cupping (or just call cupping) suction is created using heat (fire) or hand pumps. Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. Generally cupping can use at neck, shoulder, and back area.
Wet/bleeding cupping, the practitioner uses a small lancets or bleeding needles to quick stab the superficial target area of the skin, then performs a cupping suction to draw out a small quantity of blood. Bleeding cupping is usually used for severe conditions of Chi and blood stagnation or blockage.
Cupping therapy removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing. Cupping can help a broad range of medical conditions such as pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, swelling, and rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions). Also, cupping can help with some internal organs disorders such as digestive problems (stomachaches, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting), chronic respiratory diseases (common cold, cough, pneumonia and bronchitis), etc.
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