Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system.
At Bharath’s Acu Heal, the Acupuncturist practices dry cupping where the cups are placed for about 10-15 minutes to get the result. Cupping therapy increases the blood circulation to the area and relieves muscle tension improving the blood flow and promoting cell repair. This helps to form new connective tissues by creating new blood vessels.
Types of Cupping therapy:
At first, the Cupping therapy was performed using animal horns. Then it got replaced by bamboo, glass, silicone, and then ceramic. Initially, the suction was created by heating the cups and applying them to the skin. After getting cool, the cups drew the skin inside.
Nowadays, cupping is performed by glass cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end.
Two main categories of cupping performed today are:
- Dry Cupping
- Wet Cupping
These 2 have subcategories, like bila – Naar (vacuum created by manual or suction pump) & bil – Naar (vacuum created using fire) belongs to dry cupping whereas essential and voluntary cupping belongs to wet cupping (cupping with bloodletting)
According to the medical conditions, the Acupuncturist determines which method should be used.
During the treatment, a cup is heated with alcohol, herbs or paper. Once the fire source is removed, the heated cup will be placed with the open side directly on your skin. Modern Acupuncturists use rubber pumps to create suction with more traditional heat methods.
- Dry: Once the heated cup is suctioned onto the skin, it sends oxygen out of the cup, creating a vacuum. Some Acupuncturists use a suction device to remove air from the cups.
- Wet: Acupuncturists use a needle to puncture your skin lightly and then do the cupping. Through the puncture wounds, the toxins leave the body.
Conditions treated by Cupping therapy:
The Cupping treatment is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, and it’s particularly effective in easing the conditions which create muscle aches and pains.Since the cups are placed in the major acupressure points, it is effective for digestive issues, skin issues, and also other conditions like:
- Facial paralysis
- Cough and dyspnoea
- Lumbar disc herniation
- Cervical spondylitis
The British Cupping Society says that Cupping treatment is used to treat:
- Blood disorders
- Rheumatic disease
- Fertility and gynaecological disorders
- Skin problems
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Bronchial congestion
- Varicose vein
Benefits of Cupping Therapy:
It is a safe and traditional treatment that helps to resolve chronic muscle tightness. Some of the other benefits of cupping therapy are:
- increases circulation
- encourages tissues to release toxins
- reduce stretch marks and scars
- reduces anxiety
- improve varicose veins and spider veins
- clear colon blockages and aid digestion
- clear congestion and help treat asthma
Complications of cupping therapy:
Cupping therapy is relatively low-risk therapy. Sometimes you may experience:
- Burns from heated cups.
- Muscle tension or soreness
- Skin infections, itching or scarring
But you need not to be worried when it’s performed by Experienced Acupuncturist Dr.Bharath’s Acu Heal. He is currently treating patients for a wide range of conditions. As the best acupuncture practitioner with 15 years of experience and working with several doctors, Bharath can do the perfect Cupping therapy. As the top acupuncture doctor in Chennai, he has witnessed cupping therapy doing wonders for people.
The bruises of cupping can last for a few days up to two weeks. It is expected that over several weeks of repeated cupping treatments, the bruising will decrease as the stagnation resolves, and it indicates a successful result of cupping therapy.
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Things to keep in my mind before taking a Cupping therapy:
Cupping therapy isn’t recommended for everyone. Extra care should be taken for the following people:
- Children under four years old
- Senior people
- Pregnant people
- People who are currently menstruating
Also, avoid cupping therapy if you have,
- a sunburn
- a wound
- a skin ulcer
- experienced recent trauma
- an internal organ disorders
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