Cupping therapy is an alternate form of medicine that has proven to be effective in helping patients with many ailments. As with other forms of alternative medicine, it is advisable to consider all the possible side effects of the treatment.
Cupping therapy when performed by a certified therapist typically does not have any long lasting side effects. In modern day cases, most therapists have procedures that can eliminate most signs of the treatment having been performed. The remaining minor effects, usually bruising, tend to disappear within a short time.
There are two main types of cupping therapy, dry and wet cupping. Here is what you should expect after each type of cupping treatment:
In case of dry cupping, suction is created by inserting a burning object inside a glass cup that is removed before inverting the cup on the specific points on the patient’s body. In cases where the burning object such as a cotton ball or herbs are left in the cup, the therapist might place an insulation pad on the skin to ensure that there is no burning. Patients can be assured that the skin is never burnt.
Most patients experience a relaxing sensation coupled by relief when cupping therapy is performed. They might also experience a slight twinge when the skin is pulled up by suction. Because the skin is tugged upwards, sometimes tiny capillaries under the surface of the skin tend to expand and after the cup is removed, patients might notice a circular bruise accompanied by some amount of swelling. However, these bruises are not painful and cupping therapists might perform massage therapy and hydration to assist in the healing of these marks.
In place of glass or plastic cups, therapists might also use cups made of medical grade silicone that are heated to a high temperature to sterilize them before use. These silicone cups are more flexible and move more easily over the skin, reducing the chances of bruising.
Silicone cups are now commonly used by people looking to perform cupping therapy on themselves due to the lack of flame and the ability to target certain areas of the body such as using cupping for cellulite.
For weight loss and cellulite reduction I recommend this 4 cup silicone massage set. This type of set is perfect for massage cupping.
Wet cupping is another form of cupping where the suction is alternated by performing tiny cuts with a scalpel on the skin to allow the release of toxic blood and fluids from the body and thus promote healing. When combined with acupuncture, the cupping therapist might insert needles in the pressure of the patient’s body. In rare cases, when these instruments are not sterilized properly, skin infections can occur.
Thus this form of cupping therapy must be performed under sterile conditions, using disinfected instruments. Later antiseptic ointments and dressing are applied to eliminate the risk of infections. The cuts typically heal within a few days leaving behind no scarring. Patients can also request for local anesthesia so they don’t feel any pain when the cuts are performed. Using a cupping set with a pump is best for wet cupping treatment.
While the possible side effects of cupping therapy are minimal, it is preferable to seek treatment from a certified professional therapist. To further reduce any possibility of side effects, patients must follow the instructions of the healer regarding the precautions to be taken post treatment.
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