1. What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine in which special cups are put on your skin for few minutes to create suction. It helps to reduce pain, inflammation, improve blood flow and aids muscle relaxation.
2. How is cupping therapy performed?
In cupping therapy, special cups are put on your skin for few minutes to create suction. The cups are heated by fire using alcohol and herbs. When these heated cups are placed on the skin, the air inside the cup creates a vacuum. This vacuum draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. After the cups are removed, cupped areas are covered with ointment and bandages.
3. Does cupping therapy pose any risk?
There are few side effects of cupping therapy like
- dizziness, light-headness
- nausea, vomiting
- skin irritation, pain
- skin infection
- scarring of the skin
4. In what diseases is cupping therapy useful?
Cupping therapy is useful in following diseases
- acne, shingles
- facial paralysis, cough, dyspnea
- lumbar disc herniation, cervical spondylosis
- rheumatic diseases, blood disorders
- hypertension, migraine
- depression, anxiety, varicose veins
- allergies and asthma
5. Is cupping therapy same as hijama?
There are two types of cupping methods- dry and wet cupping. Wet cupping is a type in which blood is drawn by local suction from a small skin incision. Hijama is also known as wet cupping which requires skin incision unlike dry cupping.