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Use suction to draw by suction the spirit responsible for the body is sick, is an ancient practice that dates back more than three centuries before Christ. Thus, there is evidence of the use of suction cups for medical purposes in Mesopotamia (3,300 BC), in the ancient Egypt (2200 BC), and even in India (1500 BC). This practice also spread to Greece, where Hippocrates (400 B.c.) left instructions on its use, as well as to the Arab countries and China.
Cupping therapy is also called by the English term cupping, which derives from 'cup', which in English means Cup, and consists of applied suction cups - usually made from glass or plastic-on the patient's body, and make them a vacuum effect which the suction cup adheres to the body and suctions the skin and part of the muscleopening the pores and stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation.
Supporters of the cupping also consider that it is the best method to open the meridians of the body, which are the conduits through which flows the power, so this alternative therapy works similarly to acupuncture.
Critics of this technique indicate that scientific evidence that support its supposed health benefits, there is no and that the improvements experienced by some patient could be due to the 'placebo effect'. On the contrary, a study published in PloS ONE based on a review of 135 studies carried out between 1992 and 2010 last year concluded that combine the cupping with other treatments or drugs could improve conditions such as acne, herpes zoster, or cervical spondylosis.

Types of cupping

The cupping technique can be applied suction cups in several ways and with different objectives:
Massage: once the vacuum has been made and has been placed the Cup on the patient's skin, slips from one side to another producing a massage effect (for which previously there will be applied an oil that will facilitate the sliding of the Cup), which stimulates blood and lymph circulation and helps to eliminate toxins.
Fixed Cup: the Cup at certain points is attached in order to address certain areas of the body through its reflex points on the back.
Application and removal of the Cup: only used on their backs and consists in applying the suction cup and let only a few seconds, then change to another part of the area to be treated. It is used to remove excess mucus when there is pulmonary congestion.
Wet cupping or bleeding with vacuum: applies a suction cup on a congested or inflamed area requiring this treatment for about three minutes, and then an incision surface on the skin of the patient is made to leave a small amount of blood allowing to decongest the area.

Benefits of cupping

Although new studies that deepen the benefits of cuppingmay be required, the truth is that it is a therapy used for millennia that, according to the British Cupping Society, serves to treat, among others, the following issues:
  • Alterations of blood such as anemia and hemophilia.
  • Rheumatic diseases, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Migraine.
  • Gynecological problems and infertility.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Affections of the skin such as acne and eczema.
  • Hypertension.
  • Bronchial congestion caused by asthma or allergy.
The cupping done by experts is a relatively safe therapy, but may have some side effects such as heartburn or itching, or infection in the skin. It is also contraindicated in pregnant women or during menstruation, and in people who have a bone fracture or muscle spasms, as well as in patients with metastasis.
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