3 Things You Didn’t Know about Cupping

I’m excited that cupping is in the spotlight due to the Olympic athletes. Cupping has a deep tradition in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Here are 3 intersting facts about cupping.

1.Cupping dates back THOUSANDS of years 

Ge Hong (281 AD- 341 AD), a Chinese Taoist alchemist and herbalist was the first the use the cupping technique.  The cups were actually animal horns,  and it was known as the “horn technique”. Historically, the technique was used to drain pustular sores. Cupping evolved and during the Tang Dynasty (618-917), it was used for pulmonary tuberculosis as well as similar respiratory diseases. Cups were made from bamboo, iron, bass to ceramic and evolved to our modern day glass.

Since glass is easier to make and maintain, they became the standard for cupping during the 20th Century. Flash-fire cupping technique is used with alcohol and fire to depressurize the cups to create the suction of the skin.

Modern day cupping also includes plastic cups with valves to allow a pump to be used to create the suction.

2.  How does cupping work?

Where there is stagnation, there is a breeding ground for disease and pain.

Cupping much like acupuncture helps to remove the blockages and opens your channels. The suction breaks the congestion, and allows more circulation of energy, blood and lymphatic fluids into the area.  It also allows toxins and inflammation to come up to the surface of the skin to be released.

3. Cupping treats more than muscle pain 

Though cupping is great for releasing tension and soreness in muscles.

Cupping can also be used for:

  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Hypertension
  • Common Cold
  • Painful Menstrual Cycle
  • Poisonous snake/insert bites
  • Indigestion
  • Asthma
  • Coughing

The benefits of cupping are vast but the majors ones are relaxation, pain relief and calming your nervous system.

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