Dry Cupping Therapy Believed To Help Draw Toxins From The Body
Dry cupping is an old, traditional Chinese medicine therapy that is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and other alternative medical techniques. It appears, from historical records, that cupping has been practiced since at least the early fourth century. In the early days, hollowed out animal horns were used, but today cupping therapists use mostly thick glass or plastic cups. These allow them to see the skin and visually discern how the treatment is going.
So, what is cupping anyway? How does it work? In a traditional cupping session, a substance that burns easily (such as a cotton ball) is soaked in alcohol and placed inside the cup. As the substance burns, the cup is quickly turned upside down and placed on a specific area of the skin. The burning creates a lack of oxygen in the cup, which in turn creates a vacuum seal that pulls the skin upward into the cup. This is thought to open the pores, stimulate the free flow of blood, and create a path for toxins to be drawn from the body.
The cups will remain in place for 5 to 10 minutes typically, depending on the nature of what’s being treated. Many sessions involve the use of several strategically placed cups at the same time. Herbal oils may be applied prior to placing the cups, to allow the cups to be moved up and down over targeted acupoints or meridians after they have been placed.
Here is a cool infographic that shows the dry cupping process. On the following page, I have inserted a video which shows a short demo of the actual cupping procedure. Please enjoy and share if you like it.
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