- by Simarouba Yoga and Naturopathy Clinic
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- Feb 02 2018
What is Cupping Therapy?
It is used to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi (chi). Qi is the free flow of vital energy circulating through the body and the world around us.It is an ancient form of alternative medicines in which a therapist puts special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction. It has been practised in from ancient times in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. The cups may be made of:
Types of Cupping Therapy
Dry Cupping: The cup is placed over an ashi (painful area) point or an acupuncture point along an energy meridian. The cups are left in place anywhere from five to 20 minutes depending on the individual’s condition. A general course of treatment involves four to six sessions in intervals starting from three to 10 days gaps.
Wet Cupping: A lancet is used to prick the skin before the cup is applied, which encourages a small amount of blood to flow from the area. This treatment is thought to dispel internal toxins. It is also called bleeding with cupping.
Sliding Cup Technique: It is performed on large muscle groups of the back to treat pain and muscle spasms. Massage oil is applied to the skin prior to the cups being placed, which allows the cups to glide easily over the surface of the skin.
What does Cupping therapy do?
It resolves swelling, pain, and tension. It removes toxins by drawing impurities to the surface. It stimulates tissue relaxation and better cell to cell communication. It improves overall health by removing the energy blockages that are identified as barriers to the flow of healthy energy or Qi.
Cupping therapy can manage:
- A cough
- Bronchial congestion
- digestive complaints
The side-effects of Cupping
You will find small bruises or redness on the treated areas of the body, most commonly the back. This is due to all the blood being forced to the surface of the skin. Other side effects include mild discomfort, bruises, burns, and skin infections.
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