The Complementary and Alternative Health Community has promoted a renewed interest and respect for one of the most ancient of therapeutic practices: Cupping or Suction Cup Treatment Therapy.
Suction cup therapy has been around for more than 5000 years – invented, before acupuncture. This traditional therapy is a time-honored treatment that remains favored by millions of people worldwide because it’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for most health disorders.
Ancient Roots of Cupping
Even though the origin of cupping therapy remains obscure, cupping therapy was used in Egypt dating back some 3,500 years, where its use is mentioned in hieroglyphics. Cupping was also used extensively by Romans, Celts, Turks, Slavic’s, Mayans, Aztecs, Native Indians and by healers throughout the Far & Middle East. Bamboo, earthenware and metal were also used as cupping vessels before the invention of glass.
Two main types of cupping therapy.
1. Massage cupping – During treatment, the glass cups are moved in a massage pattern around the skin to help massage sore joints and muscles.
2. Stationary cupping – During treatment, glass cups are applied to the skin and not moved until the end of the session.
How is a cupping session performed?
A cupping session is generally performed using the following tools: glass cups, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, candles and matches. Each of these tools is applied during a session as follows:
– A cotton ball is soaked in alcohol and lit on fire by a burning candle
– A vacuum is created inside a glass cup by holding the lit cotton ball inside the cup.
– Once the vacuum is created the cotton ball is removed and the cup is immediately applied to the designated acupuncture point on the skin.
– Four-six cups are applied during a session and are not left on the skin for longer than fifteen minutes.
Cupping Therapy is often used to relieve the following health conditions:
Colds & Influenza, Headaches, Abscesses, Arthritis, Intercostal Neuralgia, Intestinal disorders, Hemorrhoids, Sciatica, Rheumatism, Liver disorders, Gallbladder disorders, Dermatological disorders, Depression, Anxiety & insomnia, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck Chronic gastric pain, Vertigo, High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis, Bronchial asthma & congestion, Gynecological disorders, Menopausal discomforts, Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination), Post-injury trauma, Post-surgery adhesions, Cellulite.
This is a Partial list of conditions that respond well to Cupping Therapy. Amelia Massage Associates have long featured this ancient therapeutic practice in their sessions.
Although a cupping session may sound painful, it is nothing of the sort. In fact, usually the only thing a person feels is a slight suction where each cup is strategically placed. After a session, you may have circular red marks on your skin from the cups. These red marks will fade and are a sign that the cupping or suction treatment therapy has successfully increased the blood flow within your body.