What is Fire Cupping?
Fire cupping dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Fire cupping uses glass jars that have an ignited material (cotton balls soaked in alcohol, held tightly by a set of hemastats) placed briefly inside them to create negative pressure. The flame is then quickly removed and the jar placed over specific areas of the body creating suction.
This pressure moves the Blood, Qi and fluids of the area raising a petechiae rash–that’s a good thing in this case. The rash itself is an assessment tool for the practitioner. Its color, how quickly or slowly it rises and how long it remains reveal how deep the pattern of disharmony is. For example a deep purple rash indicates stagnation whereas, a bright red rash indicates excess of heat. In some instances, like a very calming treatment, the cups may in a very light set, to not bring up the rash.
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to 'open' these channels - the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force). Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be 'cupped,' thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
Other Benefits Of Chinese Cupping
This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person's asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve.
Cupping’s detoxifying effect on skin and circulatory system is also significant, with a visible improvement in skin color after three to five treatments.
Cupping removes toxins and improves blood flow through the veins and arteries. Especially useful for athletes is cupping’s potential to relieve muscle spasms.
Cupping also affects the digestive system. A few benefits include an improved metabolism, relief from constipation, a healthy appetite, and stronger digestion.
A 2015 report published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine noted cupping as an effective alternative method of treating , facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, herpes zoster, acne and pain
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