Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including:
Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, theEbers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. It is believed by some to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.
The client needs no special preparation before receiving a stone massage. The therapist prepares the stones in advance and maintains them at the proper temperatures.
Avoid cupping on empty stomach, particularly when fasting for a long time. Do not use cupping over the kidney area, the eyes, sunburns or burns, open wounds or a recent trauma and when pregnant, on lower and upper abdomen or lower back.
Cupping therapy is an alternate form of medicine that has proven to be effective in helping patients with many ailments. As with other forms of alternative medicine, it is advisable to consider all the possible side effects of the treatment.
Cupping therapy when performed by a certified therapist typically does not have any long lasting side effects. In modern day cases, most therapists have procedures that can eliminate most signs of the treatment having been performed. The remaining minor effects, usually bruising, tend to disappear within a short time.