What Is Cupping?
Most recently seen in the news on Michael Phelps, cupping can help relieve pain and enhance althletic performance. It is also a form of deep tissue massage, but rather than applying pressure to the muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. Cupping is often used in combination with acupuncture and acupressure treatments, but it can also be done alone.
Cupping has numerous benefits. It can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and energy to the affected area and throughout the body. It often works wonders for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions, allergies, fevers, aches and many other pains.
Cupping is not not exclusive to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Variations of this treatment were used by the Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in European countries. Cupping therapy was recommended by Hippocrates in his guide to clinical treatment.
It it should be noted that cupping is not to be used on patients who bleed easily and/or cannot stop bleeding, have skin ulcers, or edema. It is unwise to cup over large blood vessels as well. Pregnant women should be cupped with extreme caution, and never on their abdomen or lower back.
Experiencing a cupping treatment from a Doctor of Oriental Medicine can help relieve a variety of health complaints, prevent illness and disease, and promote wellness.