Cupping therapy has been around for thousands of years and has been used to treat patients across many different cultures. In the modern world, studies conducted by scientists in 2012 have showed that when combined with other forms of treatment such as acupressure, acupuncture and medication, cupping could benefit many patients suffering from a number of ailments. Chinese cupping is based on the belief that by creating vacuums using cups on specific points of a patient’s body, the life force within that person’s body can be restored to its equilibrium and cure illnesses. All obstructions, pain and inflammations are removed to promote a sense of peace and well-being. Cupping promotes the flow of blood and calms the nervous system.
A great cupping experience starts with a quality cupping set.
We recommend this LURE Silicone Cupping Set for massage cupping (used for muscle relaxation, weight loss, and cellulite).
For a full cupping set, this AcuZone Cupping Set is a well reviewed option with 19 cups and a hand pump
While the most ancient accounts talk about healing pulmonary tuberculosis, cupping has been found to help patients in recent times also. Some of the conditions that have shown to respond well to the therapy include (see links below for more detailed articles)
Be sure to view the full list of the actual cupping points and associated charts used to treat the ailments below.
- Blood disorders–Anemia and hemophilia.
- Rheumatic diseases–Arthritis and fibromyalgia
- In women–Infertility and other gynecological problems such as irregular menstruation, leukorrhea, often caused due to oestrogen imbalances and uterine cramps. Cramps are first treated using acupuncture and then cupping.
- Skin conditions–Eczema, urticaria or hives and acne. Both wet and dry cupping treatments are used are used to treat acne.
- Wrinkles and Facial rejuvenation
- High blood pressure
- Mental problems–Anxiety, depression, migraines and insomnia
- Varicose veins
- Improving the Immune System
- Respiratory illnesses—Congestion, common cold, asthma, allergies and bronchitis. Cupping therapy has shown good results when treating children and is often combined with wet cupping.
- Pain–Using cupping therapy the healer can relieve headaches and back pain. Pain in the shoulder blades or loins can be treated by targeting specific points.
- Toothache–Toothache can be cured when cupping is used along with acupuncture and massage therapy.
- Ease stiff muscles, especially when using massage cupping
- Assists in weight loss and removes cellulite–To remove cellulite, oil is first applied on the skin and once suction is created, the cup is moved around over the surrounding sections of the body.
- Gastrointestinal disorders–Early morning diarrhea, dysentery, severe or frequent gastritis. Children suffering from indigestion can also benefit from cupping.
- Can assist in the treatment of cancer by rebalancing the energy in a bodily system that has been blocked by tumors
- Facial paralysis–Particular points on the face are first treated with acupuncture or needling and the cupping treatment is used.
- Injuries to the soft tissues–Plum blossom acupuncture is first used on the areas above and below the swelling and pain points followed by cupping.
- Sore throat
- Acute conjunctivitis–Redness and soreness of the eyes are treated with both dry and wet cupping
- Frozen shoulder–This condition can also be treated using acupuncture and cupping over the pierced areas.
- Fever and headaches caused by an infection.
- Cervical spondylosis, a condition of the neck joints
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While cupping has shown interesting results in helping people with a host of problems, it must be remembered that any kind of treatment is most helpful in the hands of an expert therapist especially in cases where wet cupping is to be used. This form of cupping that involves drawing of a few drops of blood in carefully controlled conditions, must be performed by an experienced healer under sterile conditions to prevent infections. For more info check out our article on the importance of using a cupping professional.
Other Articles of Interest
- 5 Reasons to Try Cupping Therapy
- Benefits of Cupping Therapy for Athletes
- How Chinese Cupping Therapy Works
- Cupping Resource and Links (includes cupping research, cupping charts and points, available certifications, and cupping set buying guides)
- WebMD, Cupping Therapy, 10/26/14
- Kathleen Rushall, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The many benefits of chinese cupping, 9/20/14
- Subhuti Dharmananda. Cupping. March 1999