Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum which is created in a cup or cups, either by heat or by suction.
Cupping has been used for thousands of years. Although it is often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, the entire world once knew this therapy and used it. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese used cupping Therapy.
Types of Cupping
There are various types of cupping such as:
* Light Cupping – Uses a weak suction in the cup to do light cupping, it is suitable for children and elderly people.
* Medium Cupping – A medium strength, general purpose cupping.
* Strong Cupping – Suction will be great and therefore it is not suitable for children and elderly people.
* Moving Cupping or Massage Cupping – This is a great method of massage and is done by applying oil to the skin and moving the cup, by a weak suction, on the area to be treated.
* Flash Cupping – This is a term used to describe the practice when several medium cuppings are preformed several times in quick succession along the area being treated to stimulate it.
* Bleeding Cupping – Also called Full Cupping or Wet Cupping, it is the most frequently used, oldest and often the most effective method. A surgical instrument is used to scrape the skin and the cup is then applied to collect blood.
* Fire Cupping – The practitioner creates suction by applying heat to the cup—such as from a lighted candle—hence the name « fire cupping ». Recommended for extremed pain and stiffness.
Conditions Which Can Benefit From Cupping:
Conditions which can benefit from cupping include headache, back pain, joint and muscular pain, infertility, sexual disorders, rheumatic diseases, hypertension, breast enhancement, bed wetting, common colds and flu, insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation and diarrhea, chest pain, asthma and blood disorders.