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What is Cupping?

2021-06-21 16:22:08

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah


Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that begins in China. It includes placing cups on the skin and creating suction. The suction may accelerate mending disorders with increasing blood flow.

Enthusiasts also believe that the suction improves facilitates the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word that means life force. A famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong, reportedly first practiced cupping. He lived from A.D. 281 to 341.

Many Taoists claim that cupping assists balance energies, yin, and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its competency to amplify blood flow and abate pain.

Cupping therapy amplifies blood circulation to the regions where the cups are fixed. This may alleviate muscle tension, which can ameliorate overall blood flow and promote cell repair.

Different types of cupping

Cupping was performed using animal horns at first but Later, the “cups” were made from bamboo and then ceramic materials. The mechanism of suction was created by using heat. The cups were primitively heated with fire and then placed on the skin. As they cooled, the cups drew the skin inside.

Modern cupping is often performed using glass cups.

There are two main sorts of cupping performed nowadays:

• Dry cupping is a suction-only method.
• Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
The usage of each method depends on the patient's conditions.

expect during a cupping treatment :

During the treatment, a cup is put on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is mostly heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that is situated immediately into the cup.

In modern cupping treatment experts have changed the usage of traditional heat methods into rubber pumps to create suction.

After cooling the cup and air inside of it the pressure will vacuum and draws the skin and muscles upward into the cup.

Because of changing the pressure blood vessels start to increase the blood flow so the skin turns red. During wet cupping, cups are commonly in place for a few minutes (five to ten minutes) before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood.

After removing the cups, the practitioner may cap the heretofore cupped regions with ointment and bandages. This will prevent infection. Any mild bruising or other marks normally go away within 10 days after the session.

conditions that cupping can treat

Cupping has been utilized to cure a wide range of disorders and conditions. It may be specifically effective at easing situations that reduce muscle aches and pains.
Since the cups can also be applied to major acupressure points, the practice is conceivably effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions mostly rehabilitated with acupressure.

Different studies have found that cupping therapy may help with the following


disorders, among others:

• shingles
• facial paralysis
• cough and dyspnea
• acne
• lumbar disc herniation
• cervical spondylosis

Side effects

There aren’t many side effects related to cupping. The side effects patients may experience will routinely occur during your treatment or immediately after.
You may feel lightheaded or dizzy during your treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea.

After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. You may also have pain at incision sites or feel lightheaded or dizzy shortly after your session.

Traditional Persian medicine is based on humoral medical concepts and also deals with this imbalance by eradication of the morbid substances via some monitoring mechanisms. Persian medical science prefers to do it through phlebotomy, somehow like cupping, and the use of leech or scarification of the ears. In Asia, Iranian people, because of their religious beliefs, are very interested in cupping therapy.

If you are interested in experiencing cupping treatment with specific methods and using the knowledge of the best Traditional experts, Iran is one of the best choices that have long terms of experience during decades. Phlebotomy and cupping are important parts of Persian ancient medicine and have provided many advantages in different disorders.

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