The practice of sucking seems so contrary to our understanding of how modern medicine works that we find it hard to believe that it can be beneficial to our health. But modern medicine has proved it, this ancient practice can really help relieve the sick.
There are different types of cupping, and the practice is based on the traditional Chinese medicinal practice of acupressure, which has recognized therapeutic effects.
Suckers are not something you should try at home because of the potential risk of injury, infection or doing more harm than good. The International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA) has an international list of qualified therapists, who use in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to improve your health. You can find a practitioner around the world through the link on their website.
The therapy with wet suckers involves superficial epidermal micro-scratches in addition to aspiration only created by dry suckers. Both types of suction cups work to improve your health, but the majority of research has focused on the effects of wet suckers. The wet suckers are used in traditional Asian and Arabic medicine and date back thousands of years.
The International Cupping Therapy Association says that cupping can improve your health if you have many physical and mental health problems, including colds or the flu, depression, arthritis, anxiety, sciatica, intestinal problems , muscle pain and even cellulite.
The ICTA lists the health benefits of cupping:
* Deep tissue stimulation
* Promotes the flow of lymphatic fluid to stimulate the immune system
* Supply of blood to the skin
* Stretches muscle and connective tissue
* Promotes circulation
* Removes scar tissue adhesions
* Stimulates the flow of energy Qi
1. IMPROVES THE FUNCTION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
In a review of an old cupping therapy technique called Al-hijamah, which is a wet cupping technique, Egyptian and Saudi researchers say the therapy could be a promising treatment to increase the immunity of the human body, potentiating the Pharmacological effects of modern drugs, cleansing the blood of pathological substances related to the pathogenesis of many diseases.
Research has shown that cupping therapy has helped increase immune system function by 156% when added to conventional pharmacological therapy. Without drug therapy, cupping increased the immune system’s function by 133%.
2. DECREASE OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
Systolic hypertension, heart failure, blood clots of the legs, myocardial ischemia and arrhythmia, and even cases of myocardial infarction or heart attack have been reduced through the use of the suction cup, as the Egyptian-Egyptian study indicates.
3. REDUCTION OF HEADACHE
Headaches and migraines can be so debilitating that people can not get to work. People may also miss out on fun social activities and hobbies they liked because of their chronic headaches. The good news is that cupping works to improve the health of those who suffer from headaches.
4. REDUCES CHRONIC PAIN
The Egyptian and Saudi joint study also revealed that the intensity of chronic pain reported by patients has been reduced by the use of cupping therapy. Pain reported by patients seeking help decreased by almost 34% after one month of cupping, 40% after two months, and 59% after three months of treatment. This has been true for people with rheumatoid arthritis and the benefits are expected to spread to other types of chronic pain.
5. VIRAL AND BACTERIAL DEFENSES IMPROVE
Herpes, influenza, viral hepatitis, acne, dermatitis and cellulite are all health problems that can also be improved by vacuum treatment.
The way cupping works to improve health is complex because the treatment works on several body systems at once. In the neurological system, neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, endorphins are all released during therapy. In the immune system, temporary irritation of the skin activates the immune function which then increases the interferons, the tumor necrosis factor and increases the flow of lymphatic fluid.