earliest use of cupping that is recorded is from the famous Taoist alchemist
and herbalist, Ge Hong (281–341 A.C.E.). The method was described
in his book A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, in which the
cups were actually animal horns. This technique developed over time
and has also been found in the folk medicine of Vietnam, the Balkans,
modern Greece, and Russia. Even Islamic healing traditions use cupping
where it is known as hijamah in Arabic. More recently, Zhao Xuemin,
during the Qing Dynasty, wrote Supplement to Outline of Materia Medica,
including an entire chapter on “fire jar qi” (huoquan qi).
In it, he emphasized the value of this treatment, using cups made of
bamboo or pottery. Recent development of thick walled glass cups are
used in modern times.
Cupping was initially used to treat disorders such as the common cold,
pneumonia, and bronchitis. However as the technique developed it is
now used to treat many more complaints.
does cupping do?
releases the exterior of the body by moving body fluids and blood, stimulating
blood flow and helping to discharge trapped external pathogenic factors
through the skin. The skin will feel warm and red marks are often seen
after a cupping treatment. This redness or purplish hue to the skin
is trapped or congealed blood that is not circulating properly in the
body. In Classical Chinese medicine Cupping is used to treat
bronchitis and asthma
Dysentery, diarrhea and acute and chronic gastritis
Soft tissue injury
Leukorrhea, Uterine cramps and irregular menstruation
most common way cupping is applied is to create a vacuum by heating
the air in a glass cup, which is then quickly applied to the skin. If
you have Cupping, it can leave red circular marks on the skin. These
will fade usually after 2-3 days. Strong dark marks are usually a sign
of heavy stagnation of the blood in the local area. The marks may look
alarming, however, the technique is extremely safe and tried and tested
over thousands of years in countries all over the world.
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