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What Is Cupping?

In cupping therapy, cups are placed on the body that uses suction to manipulate muscle tissue, reducing pain and inflammation. Cupping can be used as a type of deep tissue massage to heal from pain, and inflammation, improve blood flow and enhance the overall well-being of a person.

Some of the benefits of cupping are:

  • Boosts cellular immunity
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Releases blocked energy
  • Improves blood flow
  • Purifies skin and eliminates skin toxins
  • Improves joint elasticity by assisting the flow of synovial fluids
  • Benefits the nervous system

What are the types of cupping?

Cupping can be done using the following methods:

Dry Cupping

Here, special cups are warmed and placed on the skin to create suction. As air under the cup cools, a vacuum is created underneath that pulls the muscle tissue, drawing blood and other fluids towards the stretched skin. This is known as dry cupping. Sometimes only the rim of the cup is warmed, while in other cases, the entire cup is inverted over the flame.

Wet Cupping

The cups are kept on the skin for some time to create a mild suction. Then they are removed, and tiny cuts are made on the skin using a scalpel. Next, another suction is created to draw out some blood. Afterward, antibiotic ointment is applied to the site and covered with a bandage to heal the treated area. Wet cupping can remove harmful toxins from the body and quicken the healing process.

Air Cupping

In this case, a small pump is used to suck out oxygen from the cups, made from plastic or silicon, as they are placed on the skin to create suction.

Massage Cupping

Here, the cups are applied to the skin and kept in position for some time. Then they are moved around in a gliding motion that massages the skin.

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