Last modified: August 2, 2019
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Cupping therapy is an age old Chinese alternative health therapy based on the belief that specific health issues can be brought about by stagnant blood and poor energy flow into and out of your body. To prevent or mend health problems, cupping practitioners apply glass or silicone cups to the person’s skin, creating pressure and sucking skin inward.
The cups are typically placed on the back. Practitioners could either leave the cups in place or move them around smoothly by using oil or lotion. The pressure that the cups generate draws blood to the areas that are affected and increases general blood flow.
With an increased blood flow, you may experience improved circulation, decreased inflammation, and relieved muscle tension. Here’s what you need to know about cupping therapy.
What Is Cupping Therapy Used For?
Cupping is used to remedy persistent pain such as headaches and back pains. It removes musculoskeletal pain that’s usually a manifestation of constant stress. Plenty of people professed that cupping helps with detoxification but what they really means is it relieves inflammation.
Being in physical pain means that inflammation has been intensified in a certain area. Cupping enhances the blood circulation in a particular area by drawing immune cells to that specific location and increase the mending and recovery process. The result is the swelling goes down.
Can Cupping Therapy Reduce Stress?
Cupping could be helpful in the treatment of physical manifestations of stress but physical symptoms are just part of an entire story. So cupping works best when it is paired with acupuncture to aid in the mental part of stress.
Since acupuncture releases endorphins, it will be able to handle the cause of mental stress and anxiety in a more holistic process. That’s the reason why the combination of cupping and acupuncture works very well to harmoniously manage the stress that you have in all areas of your body.
Should You Try It?
Cupping therapy might help you get relief from those back pains, but it’s always best practice to talk to a doctor before trying any alternative health therapy. Just Remember to not panic when you see the big hickey-like circles on your skin that look like bruises.
The appearance could last for a few days or even a couple of weeks. If you don’t want that, then it may be best to not go through with it. If you’re on blood thinners, have difficulties with bleeding or clotting, or have an open wound, avoid it as well.
Find a good practitioner. The best are usually acupuncturists. Ask an integrative medicine doctor or even your regular doctor for a recommendation. They will be able to refer you to a good practitioner. You can also ask more questions about cupping therapy online via our free doctors chat.
Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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