Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy caught some serious air time during the Rio Olympic games. The huge hickeys scattered on the shoulders, backs, and bodies of the world’s most elite athletes sparked discussion about what caused these bruises.
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Source: Men’s Health

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine.

Cupping therapy has been common practice for ages in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. WebMD notes that the Egyptians recorded using cupping therapy way back in 1,550 B.C. 

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“That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” said American gymnast Alexander Naddour, USA Today reports. “It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

Benefits

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Cupping offers relief from pain, stress, and tension. 
  • Pain Reduction
    • headache/migraine relief
  • Relaxation
    • reduces high blood pressure
    • stress relief
  • Skin Health
    • acne
    • eczema
    • varicose Veins
  • Respiratory issues
    • bronchial congestion
    • allergies
    • asthma
    • colds
  • Improving digestion
  • Blood disorders
    • anemia
    • hemophilia
  • Rheumatic diseases
    • arthritis
    • fibromyalgia
  • Fertility and gynecological disorders

Despite the grueling appearance of the purple, hickey-like circles that last a few days after the treatment, the side effects and risks associated with cupping overall, are minimal.

How Is It Done?

A specialist uses either heat or air to suction special cups to the patients’ skin, creating a vacuum-like seal. As a result, increased blood flow is brought to the area being treated. Damaging the blood cells reduces inflammation and elicits a natural healing response from the body.

There are a few different methods of cupping.

There is dry cupping, fire cupping, and wet cupping. I do dry cupping.

The cupping set that I use comes with a variety of cups in many different sizes, as well as a little hand pump. The hand pump attaches to the cups via a little tube. The hose brings air to the cups, creating the vacuum seal.

To let air out, and remove the cups, you simply pull up on the little orange pieces at the top of the cups.

How I Saved Thousands On The Treatment

Specialists and trained therapists charge between $30-100 per session to perform cupping therapy. I personally had invested well over thousands of dollars in the treatment, which I got from a massage therapist. After a year of treatments, 2x per week, the cost had quickly added up. After just a little bit of research, I realized “I can do this!" I ordered a $40 kit on amazon and use it all the time. To be honest, I am almost positive that it is the same exact kit that the therapist used on me. I find the benefits to be equal in both circumstances. This is the specific kit that I bought, but there are thousands to choose from for those opting to go the DIY route.

Conclusion

It may be a miracle, it may be woo-woo, but I love it. Would you or have you ever tried cupping therapy? If you have, let me know what you thought in the comments below. If not, are you interested?! Why or why not?

  Sources: Dr. Axe, Men’s Health, The British Cupping Society, Web MD
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