Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. In ancient times, cupping with animal angle was also known as "corner method." This cupping method uses heat to eliminate the air in the cup, causing negative pressure on a specific area. After the stimulation of suction, the local congestion or blood stasis phenomenon increases blood circulation and can reduce swelling and pain to treat the symptom.

Cupping therapy can help:

Release toxins, relieve pain, reduce stress, lessen allergy symptoms, alleviate achy muscles, enhance blood circulation, ease anxiety, improve digestion, boost skin health, and speed up recovery from colds and flu.

Cupping provides a great option for athletes seeking natural solutions for recovery and pain relief. It also serves as an alternative to the often harmful medication taken to reduce pain and muscle aches. This treatment comes with virtually no side effects, aside from causing the skin to temporarily turn red, blue, or purple, which can last from a few days to several weeks. Cupping should not be used if patients have skin ulcers or edema.

Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in the body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissue, causing the tissue to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.

Cupping Therapy History

Cupping therapy is part of Chinese Traditional medicine (TMC), having been used in China for thousands of years. At first it was applied using cattle horns or cross sections of bamboo. To create negative pressure inside the horn or bamboo, these ancient ‘cups’ were boiled in water or a fire was ignited to expel the air and suck the cups onto the skin. These cups were used mostly to draw out pus and blood in the treatment of boils. Cupping was originally used as an auxiliary method in traditional Chinese surgery. Later it was found to be useful in treating other diseases and devolved into a special therapeutic method.

There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 BC. The Ebbers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC and one of the oldest medical textbooks in the Western world, describes the Egyptians' use of cupping, while mentioning similar practices employed by Saharan peoples. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 BC) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. The method was highly recommended by Muhammad and hence well-practiced by Muslim scientists who elaborated and developed the method further. Consecutively, this method in its multiple forms spread into medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations. In China, the earliest use of cupping that is recorded is from the famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281–341 A.D.).


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