Though cupping therapy seems to have gained popularity in recent years, it has actually been in practice for thousands of years. Techniques have evolved since its creation, but for the most part it all follows the same process. In it, glass, bamboo, silicone, or plastic jars are placed on the skin, where it creates a vacuum and suctions out the air. This raises the underlying tissue partway into the cup, which helps to enhance circulation, relieves pain and inflammation, and can pull out toxins that are lurking within your body’s tissues. At Massage Reimagined, we utilize Baguanfa Soft Silicone Cups and move them across your body to cover more area than fixed cupping therapy is able to. If you are curious about what benefits you stand to gain from cupping, we’ve gathered some of the ways that cupping can help you.
-Eliminating Sources of Weakness
Many people may deal with issues of weakness in their body due to illness or poor diet. Cupping therapy can help manage or outright eliminate those points of weakness, helping them to recover from fatigue or other troubles. It does this by opening and loosening nerves that have stiffened over time. This helps blood to flow to areas of the body that need it the most. This will also help to clear any obstructions in the blood vessels without damaging the surrounding muscles.
One of the original ailments that was treated when cupping was first created, cupping therapy is incredibly effective at fighting fevers. Though it was thought to be caused by “bad blood” at that time, they used cupping to extract the blood and cure the fever. While modern medicine has shown fevers are not caused by “bad blood”, it was able to show that cupping therapy is able to handle pathogens that cause pain and fevers. A fever is a sign that the homeostasis of the body has been disturbed, often by a virus, bacterial infection, or inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
-Fights Skin Diseases
Many dermatological issues are caused by issues with blood. That means issues like acne, abscesses, and boils can be treated through cupping therapy. This treatment helps spur on the creation of lymph fluids that are vital to fighting off bacteria and other harmful pathogens. Cupping helps to purify the skin, as it will eliminate any particles found within the blood that are not supposed to be there. With the increased production of lymph fluids, it also helps to strengthen the body’s natural defenses against infections.
Cupping will also improve skin cells metabolism and respiration, which improves the functions of other different glands as well, such as the sebaceous and sweat glands. These glands help to secrete salts and sebum, which lubricates and waterproofs skin and hair. While the main purpose that cupping therapy serves for skin issues is to clear up stagnant or congested blood, it can also clear any toxic substances from the surface of your skin.
-Helps Prevent Liver Diseases
With its ability to encourage blood flow and lymph fluid production, it’s natural to see the benefits your liver can receive from cupping. By extracting impurities and stagnant corpuscles in the blood, it improves the flow of blood into the liver. When cleaner blood enters the liver, its functionality and productivity is improved, as there is less that needs to be detoxified. When the liver is unable to function properly, blood stores excess sugar, which in turn raises the body’s overall blood glucose levels. Cupping therapy ensures the liver is able to detoxify blood properly, which improves your overall health and helps you avoid disease.
-Improves Blood Circulation
As we’ve touched upon in the previous entries, cupping has a pretty big impact on the circulatory system’s performance. Blood flow is enhanced as veins and arterial muscles are strengthened when cupping eliminates congested blood. Consistent blood flow is necessary for every system within the body to operate properly. This is especially the case for neurological processes, as blood flow carries oxygen to the brain, which ensures it functions well. Strong blood circulation also helps to build immunity against illness and disease, as well as eliminate the fluids that cause inflammation and swelling in different areas of your body.
-Helps Treat Gastrointestinal Diseases
Your body relies a great deal upon your intestines, spleen, and stomach, as they are in control of generating heat and energy for the rest of your body to use. If any of them are compromised in any way, body temperature spikes and enzyme production is affected, which affects the rest of your body as well. Cupping therapy aids the secretion of vital digestive fluids which help your body absorb essential nutrients more effectively. Not only does this help prevent harmful pathogens from entering your bloodstream, it will also improve your appetite.
-Treats Rheumatic Diseases Naturally
Diseases such as joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and lumbago are often the result of muscles and joints losing their elasticity, often a side effect of aging. With cupping therapy improving healthy blood flow, your body is able to receive the nutrients, hormones, vitamins, oxygen, and enzymes it needs to function well. With those necessary ingredients flowing through joints and muscles, elasticity is improved and flexibility returns. It also helps by increasing the flow of synovial fluid to joints, which helps to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints as they move.
-Potential Side Effects
As with any treatment you engage in, it’s important that you understand the potential side effects that are associated with cupping therapy. The first of which are temporary marks appearing on the skin. This is caused by the blood in the body rising to the surface of the skin, similar to a bruise. It is not recommended for anyone that has hemophilia or similar diseases to have cupping therapy done. Avoid cupping on parts of the skin which are inflamed, infected, or burned. Other side effects may include:
- Slight discomfort following treatment.
- Discoloration or bruising of the skin, especially when performed on children.
- Burns may result as a part of certain types of cupping treatment (traditional glass cups with a source of fire)
- Skin infections if treatment is done improperly.
Over the course of thousands of years, cupping therapy has helped many people with what is ailing them. If you have struggled with aches, pains, skin issues, or any of the other ailments we’ve discussed, cupping may be the perfect solution for you. If you would like to learn more about what cupping therapy can do for you, call Massage Reimagined today. Located here in Seattle, we want to help ease your pain and help you relax. We hope to hear from you soon!