Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative treatment where cups are used to create local pressure in the form of vacuum. It is originated from the concept of applying heated vessels on the body to provide relief from symptoms. Cupping therapy uses heat, or mechanical tools to produce the vacuum.
Cupping therapy has been used by ancient people in China and Eygpt. It was used to reinstate balance and treat diseases and structural disorders.
Cupping therapy focuses on creating vacuum by placing cups on the body parts. Local congestion and vacuum is created by heating or by suction. On releasing the suction, local healing occurs. It is to some extent based on the principle of meridians put forth by the Chinese medicine.
Cupping therapy is done in two ways. One is by using fire or heat and the other is the dry cupping.
Fire cupping – A cotton ball soaked in alcohol is lit and is placed inside a sterile cup. The cup is inverted and placed on the patient’s body. Due to the fire, the air in the cup is used up and vacuum is created. If required the cup can then be moved along the meridians of the body to bring about the healing of any particular area.
Dry cupping – This is usually done in areas that have poor blood supply and cupping is done to improve the blood circulation in that area. The skin may appear bruised after the treatment but it usually disappears after some days.
Cupping therapy is generally used in the treatment of rheumatic disorders like muscle and joint pains, anemia, gynecological disorders, skin diseases and general health.