In 300 AD there was a Chinese Taoist, scholar, and herbalist by the name of Ge Hong. He wrote a book titled “A handbook of prescriptions for emergencies”. This 1,700-year-old manuscript is one of the earliest mentionings of cupping therapy in ancient China.
There are even earlier incarnations of cupping therapy. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine was known to utilize cupping to treat various ailments. Egyptian cupping therapy methods were noted as early as 1550 BC, in the “Ebers Papyrus”, the oldest medical textbook. All of these prove that cupping has been used for centuries by people all over the world.
Chinese cupping is a method that restores the body’s natural flow of energy.
The concept is that pain and illness are caused by the blockage of the body’s natural energies and vital fluids. These vital fluids are lymph, blood, and phlegm.
Modern medicine has embraced this holistic healing method to cure numerous ailments that we’ll go into detail below.
What is cupping therapy?
This holistic healing method uses glass cups or bulbs during treatment. The inside is heated, then placed on the skin, most often on the back. A vacuum is created, pulling the tissue inside up towards the cup.
Think of it as a reverse deep tissue massage.
Instead of applying pressure, it gently pulls the skin and superficial layer of muscle up. A cupping massage often results in a deeply relaxing and pleasant experience.
Cupping therapy and massage have a detoxifying effect on the body and help improve the circulatory system.
What ailments does cupping therapy treat?
A 2012 National Institute of Health (NIH) study showed that cupping can be beneficial when treating the following:
- Facial paralysis
- Cervical spondylosis (age-related spinal arthritis)
Cupping therapy is also known to contribute greatly to the treatment of lung illnesses. It can eliminate congestion from the common cold and even be an effective asthma treatment.
Your lymph nodes are designed to remove toxins from your body. However, after a night in the town, those lymph nodes might be a bit overwhelmed.
Cupping helps focus blood flow, helping your body flush toxins through your pores and the lymphatic system.
The vacuum effect from a cupping massage session helps increase the blood flow. Because of this, not only are toxins removed, but an increase in blood flow can help reduce pain and inflammation.
A 2014 study by Science Direct found that cupping therapy is effective for acute and chronic pain management. It showed a significant advantage to the use of conventional drugs and usual treatments by Western medicine.
The increase in blood flow also has a significant benefit to your digestive system. Cupping therapy engages your parasympathetic nervous system, increasing blood flow to your digestive tract. It also increases the contractions that push food through your intestines, helping to clear colon blockages.
The side effects of cupping therapy and massage.
As long as you are in the good hand of a professional therapist, cupping therapy has minimal side effects. The most common and noticeable side effect is bruising. This is part of the process and will go away anywhere from a few hours up to 10 days. There is typically no pain associated with the bruising. And while some mild discomfort is not uncommon, the effect will not last more than a few hours after treatment.
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If you are interested in learning more about the healing properties and benefits of cupping in South Florida, look no further than the experts here at the Miami Beach Comprehensive Wellness Center. We have years of expertise and we can help you find the relief you’re looking for.