What is Cupping Used to Treat?

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The use of cupping as a form of alternative medicine dates back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures and is still used in some therapy practices today. Although this method is not applicable to all types of injuries or inflammation, it can be added to a therapy session to assist with specific conditions. Individuals searching for a method to help relieve the symptoms of a sports injury or similar issue can learn more about incorporating the use of cupping into a therapy routine to see if it is a good treatment option. 

What conditions are treated with cupping therapy? 

Cupping is typically used in conjunction with other types of therapy to assist with both generalized and specific conditions. 

Muscle tension and soreness

Individuals who participate in sports can have both acute injuries and generalized health complaints such as sore and tense muscles. In either case, some people turn to alternative medicine solutions such as cupping for relief. The method involves using either fire or a rubber pump to create a vacuum between a cup and the skin, causing the skin to rise into the interior of the cup. This process is thought to stimulate cell repair, create new blood vessels and form new connective tissues. The combination of this therapy with other methods can reduce muscle tension and soreness. 

Circulation and blood flow

Since cupping therapy is thought to stimulate blood flow, some individuals choose to use this therapy as a means of increasing circulation. Blood flow to the cupping areas can help with localized circulation as well as systemic circulation. This type of therapy has been used to treat anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders as well as surface blood flow issues like varicose veins. Athletes can have a therapy session using this process to stimulate blood flow and assist with faster recovery. 

Acupressure point conditions

Although the cupping technique is typically performed on the back, practitioners of the method use it to treat systemic problems. The systemic response is partially due to stimulating acupressure points. Any issue that can be treated with acupressure can potentially benefit from adding cupping therapy to stimulate those same points. Examples include digestive and gastrointestinal issues and skin-related conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne. 

Specific medical conditions

Individuals suffering from specific medical conditions often turn to alternative medicine options like cupping because other methods have already been tried unsuccessfully. Those who practice this method have used it to help with a wide variety of specific medical conditions, including mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, gynecological disorders such as infertility, rheumatological disorders like arthritis and fibromyalgia, bronchial problems due to allergies or asthma and a host of other specific health problems. 

Conclusion

Cupping is an alternative medicine method of therapy that has widespread uses, from muscle and tissue soreness and recovery to full system medical condition treatment. Learning more about cupping as a method of treatment can help an individual decide if it should be added to the current course of treatment as an alternative source of relief. 

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