Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy is also known as Vacuum Therapy and Integrative Microcirculation Therapy. Cupping Therapy works by creating a vacuum under the cup forming essentially an airtight seal. The cup sucks to the skin pulling upwards on the soft tissue. This has an effect that will improve blood flow to the area and reduce soft tissue dysfunction, including:
What are the Benefits?
Cupping therapy benefits are numerous and it can be a great treatment for back, neck, shoulder, elbow and other musculoskeletal conditions. Cupping enhances self-healing. After age 40, 40-60% of microcirculation of the tissues becomes latent or non-functional. So basically, the blood flow decreases and the body circulates less nutrients (amino acids, glucose, electrolytes, vitamins, water, etc.) and less oxygen. This causes the accumulation of toxins, which can impair or totally arrest the metabolism of cells.
Cupping can improve blood flow and cause the body to regenerate capillary systems, reduce inflammation and toxins and promote self-healing and homeostasis.
Cupping Has Gone Hollywood
The telltale circular marks of the ancient Chinese practice known as cupping have been popping up on the toned backs of many a Hollywood star. Cupping is a term that is being heard more and more. Recently, Jennifer Aniston showed up on the red carpet with circular marks on her back. Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson and David Arquette have also been named in undergoing cupping therapy.
Why is This Ancient Therapy Still Used?
Cupping plays a role in modern therapy simply because it works. If it didn’t, the practice would have been abandoned centuries ago. People feel better after cupping.
When performed by a professional, it’s safe, inexpensive and relatively uncomplicated. The rings left on your body disappear within a few days and the health benefits will last far beyond.
Sources; Yun-Tao Ma, WebMD, NEWS/ 5 Celebrity Cupping Fans: Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and More by Rose Curiel; Sat., Apr. 20, 2013