Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction. It is done for many problems like pain, inflammation in blood flow, relaxed back pain, hair growth, and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
The cups may be made of:
Despite the numerous ailments for which cupping therapists claim cupping therapy is useful, insufficient evidence is available that it has any health benefits, and there are some risks of harm, especially in wet cupping and fire cupping. Bruising and skin discolouration are among some of the adverse effects of cupping. In rare instances, parents who had their children receive cupping therapy. has led to legal action against them for the presence of these marks on children
Different types of cupping therapy
Cupping was first performed using animal horns. Later, bamboo and ceramic were used for cupping. Suction was primarily created with the use of heat. Initially, Cups were generally heated with fire and then applied to the skin. As they cooled, the suction was created, and the cups drew the skin inside. Modern cupping is often performed using glass cups. Cups may be made of plastic or silicone.
Mainly Four categories of cupping are performed today:
- Dry cupping: normal suction is made.
- Wet cupping: superficial cuts are given on the superficial layer of the skin and a cup is applied. it involves both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
- Fire cupping: a flammable substance such as an alcohol swab is used in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is put upside down on the skin.
- Dynamic cupping: moving suction cups are used over the area that the physiotherapists want to release with the help of oil or moisturizer.
- Flash cupping: it is a quick, repeated suction and release of cups on an area of the body.
Cupping therapy may help in the following conditions:
- lower back pain
- neck and shoulder pain
- headache and migraine
- knee pain
- facial paralysis
- lumbar disc herniation
- cervical spondylosis
- Nerve pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle stiffness
- rheumatoid arthritis