Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese non-invasive healing technique that can cure a range of illnesses including congestion in the chest and lungs, common cold, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. It is believed to be effective because the treatment draws healing energy to the affected areas along with the movement of blood thus inducing the body to heal itself.
How it Works
By using cupping therapy on specific points of the patient’s body such as on the upper back where the lungs are positioned, the therapist can clear the buildup of phlegm in the lungs, and thus clear congestion and fluid. Cupping therapy can also lower the heat inside the lungs because of which the patient has trouble breathing and experiences coughing. This form of healing can also work to strengthen the muscles of the respiratory system.
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Why Cupping Therapy is More Effective
When a patient experiences coughing, conventional doctors tend to recommend medication that will suppress it. But, Chinese medicine believes that by stopping the cough, the problem is aggravated. Coughing is the body’s response to a build-up of mucous and phlegm and it seeks to eliminate it by inducing cough. If this phlegm is not removed, it acts as a magnet for disease-causing bacteria that end up moving to and infecting other areas of the body as well. This is the reason why it is essential to stimulate the lungs so they clear out the phlegm.
Aside from basic cupping techniques, gliding cupping or massaging cupping therapies have been found to be very effective in treating respiratory issues.
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