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The Science & History behind Cupping Therapy

The Science & History behind Cupping Therapy

Brief History

Cupping therapy has been used as Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Rather than cups, it was first done using with cattle horns or bamboo; they created cups from the inside of cattle horns, or merely shaped bamboo into cylinders. Subsequently, they were either boiled in water, or ignited with fire to expel the air.

This therapy was original used in traditional Chinese surgery, as well as to treat boils. Several ancient Chinese texts mention cupping as a form of medicine. The earliest record ever found was in an ancient book on silk called the Bo Shu discovered in a tomb of the Han Dynasty.

It was later discovered to be effective in treating other conditions and diseases. Now, we know it to be a developed, therapeutic alternative medicine.

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy has thousands of years’ worth of trails, recorded treatments, and ongoing clinical research. In today’s modern age, we turn to Chinese medicine to treat:

-Inflammation
-Muscle pain
-Arthritis
-Asthma
-The common cold
-Chronic cough
-Indigestion
-Skin conditions

People also do cupping therapy as a form of massage or weekly treatment—the same idea as going to a chiropractor or massage therapist. These forms of relaxation therapies increase blood flow and decrease inflammation to maintain an overall healthy, functioning nervous system.

How does it work?

Traditionally, a burning cotton bud or cloth is placed inside a glass cup, which acts as a vacuum inside. The cups are placed at strategic points on your skin, typically on your back or side. This draws up the skin like suction. While the cup is in place for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and natural healing takes place.

Depending on placement of the cups, this therapy can achieve the following health benefits:
-Releases toxins
-Activates the lymphatic system
-Clears colon blockages
-Helps activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries,
-Activates the skin
-Clears stretch marks
-Improves varicose veins
-The cups may be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone.
-To book a Cupping Therapy appointment with our therapy specialists, contact us today.

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