The History of Therapeutic Cupping Therapy
The true origin of cupping therapy remains unknown.
The Chinese culture have expanded the
utilization to include the use of these cups
in surgery to help stimulate blood flow
for thousands of years. .
Cupping eventually developed into a
separate therapy, with healers treating
arthritic symptoms, asthma,
the common cold, chronic cough,
indigestion problems and some
Chinese medicine pracitioners believe that cupping dispels stagnation of Blood and Chi, along with external pathogenic factors that invade a weakened constitution (Body).
A depleted constitution is often a result of depleted “Jing Chi” or original essence (kidney essence). The body is made of Three Treasures Sanbao: Essence, Qì (Chi) and Spirit in TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine. This will usually progress to a weakened “Wei Chi”, or defense (immune system).
The Egyptians utilized cupping therapy to
help treat conditions such as fever, pain,
vertigo, and imbalances in the body.
From the Egyptians, cupping was
introduced to the Greeks and eventually
spread to ancient cultures in many
countries of Europe and even the Americas.
Cupping developed over time from the
original use of the hollowed animal horns
to drain toxins out of snakebites and skin
lesions. Horns evolved into bamboo cups,
which were eventually replaced by glass.
Therapeautic Cupping therapy applications
have changed with the refinement of the
cup itself, and with the many cultures
that that have turned to cupping as a
health care technique. Cupping sets
were later introduced using
mechanical pumps to create the vacuum.
What are the benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy has a detoxifying effect on skin and circulatory system. Cupping stimulates the removal of toxins and improves blood flow through the veins and arteries. Especially useful for athletes is cupping therapy helps relieve muscle spasms and a great tool for muscle recovery.
Is Cupping Therapy safe?
These methods are used safely on children, adults and elderly persons. The most common misuse of these techniques is overuse. It is important to avoid exposure to excessive heat or cold, and sufficient hydration is required to facilitate elimination and the removal of toxins after cupping therapy. A complete assessment of specific conditions at the time of treatment are taken into consideration.