Starting from the Middle East, Egypt and China, cupping therapy is a treatment that is believed to remove toxins and harmful substances. Not only that, cupping therapy is also considered to reduce pain and inflammation processes throughout the body, as well as make the body and mind relax.
Cupping therapy is one alternative therapy originating from China. This therapy involves heating and cups attached to the surface of the skin to cause suction on the skin. Cupping therapy is usually used as a complementary treatment for people who experience a number of diseases and certain conditions.
Understanding the Cupping Process
Before doing cupping, usually the cup will be heated first with fire using alcohol, herbal concoctions, or special paper placed directly into the cup. When the fire shrinks and eventually dies, the glass is directly attached to the surface of the patient’s skin.
Until finally the air in the glass feels cold, then the cold air will pull the skin in the cup until the surface of the skin looks red because the blood vessels respond to changes in pressure.
However, the method above is still classified as traditional. Now there are also more modern cupping tools that use rubber pumps. Through this tool, therapists use silicone cups that they can move from one place to another on your skin.
In the method, cupping therapy is divided into two types, namely dry cupping and wet cupping. In this type of dry cupping therapy, the cup will be left attached for a few minutes, until finally the skin turns red and sticks up.
Unlike wet cupping therapy, a superficial incision is made on the former cupping skin, then re-suction in the area of the slashed skin to remove a small amount of blood. After completion, the injured part will be smeared with antibiotic ointment and covered with a bandage to prevent infection.
Cupping and its Benefits for the Body
Although it still requires further research, cupping therapy is thought to be able to treat:
- High blood pressure
- Depression, anxiety
- Blood disorders, such as hemophilia and anemia
- Fertility problems and uterine disorders
- Fibromyalgia and arthritis
- Pimples and eczema
- Varicose veins
- Bronchial obstruction caused by asthma or allergies.
If you choose cupping therapy to overcome your health problems, there is no need to worry too much about the scars that appear afterwards. Reddish scars on the skin after cupping therapy will generally disappear on its own in 10 days.
Although cupping therapy may have various benefits, more research is needed, including the risk of side effects from the therapy. Consult your doctor if you are still unsure about undergoing this therapy, especially for those of you who are pregnant or suffering from cancer.