The Benefits of Cupping

by | Jul 31, 2023 | Pain Management

According to Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, therapists have used cupping since 1,550 B.C. with positive results.

Placing special cups made from glass, bamboo, earthenware and silicone on various parts of the body creates a vacuum that generates suction which has several health benefits.

Explore four benefits of cupping therapy below.


1. Helps Relieve Pain

An achy body can derail the best of us. 

That marathon you have been training for? Postponed. Leg day at the gym? Delayed. The long-needed holiday or even spending ample time with your loved ones? Put on hold.

All you want is to just sit still and hope the pain magically stops.

But cupping therapy offers a remedy to relieve the pain.

The table below shows the different types of cupping therapy, the suction warms up your weary muscles and soothes your compressed or pinched nerves.

Cupping Therapy Type Description
Dry Cupping A therapist places cups on the skin to create suction, without drawing blood.
Wet Cupping Involves making a small incision in the skin before applying the cups, allowing the therapist to draw blood out of the area.
Running Cupping A therapist places cups on the skin and then moves them around using oil, effectively massaging the desired area.
Flash Cupping A therapist places cups on the skin, followed by releasing the suction quickly.

Also, cupping therapy improves blood circulation allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach all the tissues.

This repairs and rejuvenates any damaged tissues which helps relieve pain by reducing muscle tension.


2. Help the Body Get Rid of Toxins and Waste

Detoxification is another benefit of cupping therapy.

According to a 2019 study — Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine — after a couple of cupping therapy sessions, researchers noted that there was a decrease in uric acid, and LDL (low-density lipoprotein). 

A decrease in these substances in our bodies is important because high uric levels can cause inflammation and pain in the joints resulting in gout. It can also cause kidney stones.

Also, LDL, commonly known as bad cholesterol, can cause heart disease risks like chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attack.

Besides decreasing the levels of bad fats and uric acid, cupping therapy enhances lymphatic flow.

Improved lymphatic flow ensures that all the vessels, organs, and lymph nodes that keep your immune system running smoothly receive the white blood cells they require.

Therefore, engaging in cupping therapy can help the body to naturally detox.


3. Improved Skin Health

The suction created by cupping does wonders for the skin.

By improving blood flow, it nourishes the skin with much-needed nutrients promoting a healthy and glowing complexion.

Also, cupping stimulates the production of collagen. This is the protein responsible for maintaining an ageless face like J-Lo’s.

Without sagging and loose skin.

Also, cupping acts as a natural botox by eliminating wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

Additionally, it relieves stress as the suction created by the cups releases endorphins, the hormones responsible for feeling good.

And lack of stress does wonders for the skin.


4. Increases Range Of Motion

Cupping therapy targets the myofascial tissue—connective tissues—that support all the muscles throughout the body. The suction helps it to release thus improving flexibility and range of motion.

And according to a 2017 study, in the Journal of The Korean Society of Physical Medicine, cupping therapy has the same benefits as passive stretching.

Cupping therapy can also contribute to decreased swelling, scars, muscular tension and increased range of motion.


Get Cupping Therapy From A Certified Acupuncturist

To ensure that your cupping therapy is safe and effective it should be performed by a certified acupuncturist.

And one that is an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

At Balance Point Health, our TCM expertise enables us to assess your condition to determine which cupping therapy will address your problem.

Also, cupping therapy combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine helps restore the balance of Yin and Yang (quiet and active) energies when applied along strategic meridian points.

Furthermore, we consider underlying issues as well as existing health conditions.

This allows us to create an individualized treatment plan that maximizes the benefits of cupping therapy.

Contact us to book a cupping therapy appointment today and embark on a journey to improved well-being.

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