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Things to Know About Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is one of the most effective forms of alternative medicine.  It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine use to stimulate blood flow and therefore stimulate healing.  It has also been used as an alternative treatment for muscle pain, respiratory diseases like the common cold or bronchitis, lower back pain, and even cancer.  It is also used on neck, back, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal conditions.  Here are some of the traits and information about cupping through human history.

An Epic History

Cupping therapy as a practice is thought to date as far back as 3000 BC.  There is evidence in the archeological discoveries of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, and was even used by Hippocrates, namesake of the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath, in ancient Greece.  Historical evidence of cupping continues to be found spreading throughout Asian and European civilizations

How It Works

This alternative medicine technique is based on stimulating tissue and blood flow.  The blood flow or tissue is stimulated by using the suction in bamboo or glass cups.  The way suction occurs in those cups is when they are heated to create a difference in air pressure – the air within the cups is cooler than the air outside.  The cup is place on the skin and as the cup cools, it contracts and a small vacuum is created inside the cup, drawing the skin slightly inside.

What It Is Used For

Cupping has been used to dispel stagnation of lymph and blood, muscle pain, and breathing related diseases, as well as fertility and gynaecological problems, and even skin problems like acne or eczema.  It is also thought to dramatically improve general physical as well as psychological well-being.

Cupping can be right for you – just make sure you know what it does and how it is done.  Many modern and western methods of treatment are not for everyone, so consider alternative medicine to cure what ails you before altering your body with pharmaceutical drugs.

For more information about cupping and traditional Chinese medicine, contact the experts at Mantra Wellness Centre in Calgary today.