This therapy pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles. Cupping helps the tissue develop new blood flow and causes anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body. This is the process where the cups are placed on the body with suction however the blood is not removed from the skin.
Early time to Mordern Days:
A number of hadith support its recommendation and use by prophet Muhammad.As a result, the practice of cupping therapy has survived in Muslim countries. Today, cupping is very popular remedy practiced in many parts of the world.
In Finland, cupping has been done at least since the 15th century, and it is done traditionally in saunas. The cupping cups were made of cattle horns with a valve mechanism in it to create an partial vacuum by sucking the air out. Dry cupping is still practiced in Finland as part of relaxing and/or health regiments.
Plastic and glass are the most common materials used today, replacing the horn, pottery, bronze and bamboo cups used in earlier times. More recently, vacuum is created with a mechanical suction pump acting through a valve located at the top of the cup. Rubber cups and even silicon cups are also available that pressures the air as the cup cools inside, it contracts and draws the skin slightly inside and adapt to uneven or bony surfaces.
The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:
- Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Fertility and gynecological disorders
- Skin problems such as eczema and acne
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins
Dry cupping techniques used all the over the world but the fundamental premise is that when the therapy is used in the correct way, on the appropriate areas of the body, healing can be induced. In Modern days the therapy administer using sterilized cups that are steamed under pressure. This helps to eliminate any chances of infections.Most administrators of the dry cupping technique use glass cups due to their durability, ease of sterilization, and ability to create a perfect seal for the vacuum.