Cupping is an ancient traditional healing method used in China which dated back from the year 281 AD. This ancient medical practice was originally used by the Taoists in the imperial courts of that era.

What is Cupping?

The basic concept of cupping is to create locally applied suction that works to improve blood flow and facilitate healing. Suction cups are placed on the body of the patient by a trained practitioner.

Traditionally, the cups were then heated with fire. After heating, the rims of the cups are sealed and the heated cups create a partial vacuum after the cups cool off. This enables the cup to suck the skin, pulling in skin tissue and promoting blood flow and lymphatic circulation.

How is Cupping performed?

In modern fire-less technique, suction is created through a hand pump. There are also modern pumps such as electromagnetic pumps which utilize the power of magnets and electricity to create suction.

Collectively, this whole method of cupping is widely practiced and is known as “Dry Cupping”. Cupping has been used extensively to treat a wide variety of diseases and symptoms either in combination with western medicine or stand-alone to relieve symptoms.

 

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