What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. Cupping is often performed using glass cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end.There are two main categories of cupping performed today:

Dry cupping is a suction-only method.

Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

What should I expect during a cupping treatment?

During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that’s placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed, and the heated cup is placed with the open side on your skin. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.

With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. With wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood.

What conditions can cupping treat?

Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains.

Since the cups can also be applied to major acupressure points, the practice is possibly effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure.

The researchers found that cupping therapy may help with the following conditions, among others: shingles,facial paralysis,cough and dyspnea,acne,lumbar disc herniation,cervical spondylosis.

What is gua sha?

Gua sha is a natural Chinese alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots known as sha.

In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.

Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.

What are the benefits of gua sha?

Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

What conditions can Gua sha treat?

Gua sha may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.

Gua sha is most often used to relieve muscle and joint pain. Conditions of the muscles and bones are known as musculoskeletal disorders. Some examples include back pain, tendon strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Small injuries to the body, such as the bruises caused by gua sha, are sometimes known as microtrauma. These create a response in the body that may help to break up scar tissue.Microtrauma may also help with fibrosis, which is a buildup of too much connective tissue when the body heals.