The Ancient Art of Cupping; Why It's Best Till Today?
Have you ever heard about cupping therapy? If no, then you maybe wondered what it is and how it can help you.
Cupping therapy may seem a facile and unknown medical treatment to you. But it’s an ancient traditional therapy, and people, from athletes to pregnant women, are rediscovering the benefits of cupping. You may have seen people having tell-tale red circle on their shoulders and backs at your swimming pool or gym.
In this article, I will answer all of your confusion and get a comprehensive idea about cupping.
Here’s the Summary: Cupping, a type of alternative therapy that originated in China, is a thousand-year-old deep-tissue healing method practised worldwide. Nowadays, young generations don’t know about this traditional method which is popularly used till now. This post is all about cupping, its process, and how you can benefit from this treatment.
What Is Ancient Art of Cupping?
Cupping, also called “Hijama," is an ancient Chinese treatment that stimulates life force energy through meridians in the body. This treatment was also used by the ancient Egyptians as far as 2,500 B.C.
It involves placing cups on the skin. Cups used in Hijama are mostly made of glass and plastic or bamboo. These cups create suction on the skin, and this suction may simplify healing with blood flow.
Basically, the vacuum is created by putting 1" to 3" diameter around cups and applying them either through heating air inside the cups or by a mechanical pump. Cups stick to the body due to vacuum, prick the skin, and then blood starts to gather under the cups due to the pores.
Blood circulation increase to the region where cups are placed and this may redeem the muscle tension. Thus, it promotes the repair of dead cells and improves the blood flow. It may also help form new cohesive tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
Benefits of Cupping
1. Detoxifies the body
The modern lifestyle can overload your body with toxins, and you have organs that remove toxins from your blood.
Cupping boosts your body in releasing those toxins. Cupping detoxifies the body through centred blood flow. It helps your body to exile built-up toxins through the lymphatic system. (Your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating your body’s toxins and waste.)
2. Treats common cold and asthma
One of the purposes of cupping is to relieve the symptoms of common cold and asthma.
Cough, wheezing, phlegm, build up in the lungs, and asthma symptoms all these kinds of problems are alleviated by Cupping. The cups placed on your chest bring oxygen-rich blood and lymph toward your lungs and other respiratory muscles. In this way, it helps you be better able to breathe and relieve the symptoms of common cold and asthma.
3. Pain Relief
The most familiar reason why Cupping is so popular until this age is this therapy's capacity to relieve pain.
Pains due to arthritis, lower back pain, etc. can be relieved by Cupping. Other forms of pain, such as migraine, headache, muscle pain, dental pain, etc. can be effectively treated with Cupping.
Cupping is like a reverse massage, instead of pushing down the skin into the muscles, cupping pulls the muscles through the skin. This lifting process eventually decompresses and releases congestion to relieve tight muscle, repair soft tissues, and repair pain.
4. Skin condition improvement
Often the health and condition of your skin directly reflect what is happening inside your body.
Cupping therapy may increase the blood flow, thereby increasing the supply of oxygen and essential nutrients required for healthy skin. Cupping therapy increases the blood cells to facilitate blood flow and remove toxic substances from the skin surface. It also helps to redeem some skin diseases like eczema, cellulite, etc.
5. Reduce fatigue
In this competitive world, we have very little time to rest and rejuvenation. Thus, it increases anxiety, fatigue, and distract mental well-being.
When you get time to take in your workload, you may be mentally distracted by smartphones, laptops, etc. These may lead to chronic fatigue syndrome and can be a long-standing form of fatigue. For this situation, Hijama or cupping is an effective treatment.
6. Improve healing
Cupping enhances the blood flow of a specific area that needs healing. Thus, increased energy and blood flow will lead to faster recovery.
It can increase your digestion power. It also reduces the dead blood cells and keeps the body relaxed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Cupping Actually Work?
According to some research, when it comes to relieving pain, cupping does have benefits. But, some study is generally considered low in quality. To ultimately understand the health impact of the therapy, more research is needed.
What should you not do after cupping?
It's best if you don't shower instantly after cupping, as you need to stay warm. Cover the region where you received cupping. Avoid alcohol. You may feel flu-like symptoms (headache and general body aches) temporarily.
Why shouldn’t you shower after cupping?
Your skin will be tender and sensitive to temperature, ideally after cupping. To see the effect after cupping, you should give 24 hours to your skin. So, it’s better not to take bathe immediately after cupping.