One.ay to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. “Arsenic has always been a known poison,” adds Stein, but its toxic properties did have some benefits. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure. Former Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin has also previously posted pictures of herself going through a cupping therapy. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Some say the technique increases blood flow and helps a person’s sore muscles heal. In previous studies, cupping has been used for treating cancer pain and lower back pain. They state that there is no evidence that cupping works any better than a placebo . Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced either by heat or suction in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. They have spoken about using cupping for various physical complaints as well Chinese acupressure as for relaxation. Understandably, ACM practitioners now provide their patients with informed consent information prior to the use of this therapy. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. In it, he emphasized the value of this treatment, using cups made of bamboo or pottery, in alleviating headache of wind-cold type, bi syndrome of wind origin, dizziness, and abdominal pain.
The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. Glass cups were easier to make than the brass or iron cups that were sometimes used as sturdy substitutes for the others; further, one could see the skin within the cup and evaluate the degree of response. With air cupping, an alternative to fire cupping, a hand-held suction pump is used to remove air from the cups, creating the vacuum without heat. Same kind of thing - just doesn't use flame.”