Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that originated in China. During this therapy, the therapist places special cups on your skin to create a suction. It is used in treating a number of conditions.

It is beneficial in minimizing pain and inflammation. Cupping is known to relieve muscle tension and promote cell repair. It improves blood flow and is known to be beneficial for your overall health. 

During cupping the cups are treated with fire and then applied to the skin. As they cool it creates a suction and pulls the skin inwards. This increases blood circulation to the area. 

Modern cupping is performed with glass cups that are rounded and open on one side. Before opting for the therapy, it is important that you know all about the procedure.

Here are 5 facts about cupping that you should know:

1. Cupping Therapy is Not New

Cupping therapy might be a new word for you but it has been practised since ancient times. It was practised globally for centuries. The first documented medical text dates back to 1550 BC in Egypt. 

It is also found to have been extensively practised in China over 5000 years ago and is still being followed to this day. It was also commonly practised in Europe, Russia, Islamic Empire, Central & South Asia and the United States.

2. The Cups Are Made of Different Materials

The cups used for the therapy are made of:

  • Glass

  • Bamboo

  • Earthenware

  • Silicone

In ancient times, the healers originally used bamboo and cattle horns as cups.

3. Marks on The Skin

Yes, cupping therapy can leave circular bluish-pink marks on the skin. But these aren't bruises and usually fade off within a week. The first time you get a cupping therapy done, the marks might be more prominent as there might be a lot of stagnation (the stagnant toxins in your body). 

The more often you undergo cupping therapy, the less will be stagnation and therefore, lighter the marks.

4. Treats a Variety of Conditions

 Cupping therapy is effective in treating various diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Facial paralysis

  • Spondylosis

  • Blood-related conditions including anaemia and haemophilia

  • Rheumatic diseases including arthritis and fibromyalgia

  • Gynaecological disorders

  • High blood pressure

  • Allergies and infections

  • Asthma

  • Pain 

  • Acne

5. Cupping is Completely Safe

Cupping therapy has been in practice for centuries and is considered to be effective and healthy as long as it is performed by a trained professional. If you are suffering from any significant medical condition, make sure you talk to your doctor before starting with the therapy.

Hijama cupping therapy is both a preventative and curative remedy that helps in detoxing your body and is beneficial for your overall health. It can be undertaken 2 or 4 times a year, under the supervision of a trained professional.


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