This therapy has been discovered in ancient records dating back 3500 years and is still used today by many alternative medicine practitioners as an effective technique. Advancements in technology and materials have been integrated with cupping therapy and it is used for many different treatments and musculoskeletal conditions.
Fire Cupping or Suction Cup Method
With the Fire Cupping Method, a cotton ball soaked in alcohol is ignited and held inside the cup with a pair of forceps to burn the oxygen in the cup. The cotton ball is quickly removed and the cup is placed on the patient’s skin in the selected location. The vacuum created inside the cup draws the patient’s skin up inside the cup causing intense circulation to the area.
With the Suction Cupping Method, air is suctioned from the cup manually with a pump after the cup is placed on the skin of the patient.
How Does Cupping Work?
In alternative medicine, pain is said to be caused by a disharmony relating to the flow of Qi in a person's body. When a suction cup is placed on the problem area, the vacuum pull of the cup creates warmth and circulation to the area. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, as well as stretches and activates the skin.
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