Fire cupping, also known as cupping therapy, is an alternative healing therapy that originated in China. Chakra experts and therapists have been using this traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, but it is only recently that this form of cupping therapy has become trendy all over the world.
Fire cupping involves placing glass cups on the skin to create suction. There are several benefits of this holistic therapy, which we have discussed in detail here. Have a look.
What Are the Benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Research shows that cupping therapy helps treat a wide range of diseases and health conditions. Scientists conducted a number of studies in 2017 and concluded that fire cupping can be used to help lower body pain and disability.
During fire cupping, the cups are placed on major acupressure points. This can help treat digestive problems, skin issues, and all those conditions that are usually treated with acupressure. Some common benefits of cupping therapy include:
1. Treats Acne
A specialized cupping therapy – wet cupping – is used to treat acne. This type of cupping is used because it helps remove cysts and inflammatory acne through heat and stagnation. Research shows that wet cupping produces antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects.
Where is cupping done for acne, you may ask? Well, to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, the cups are placed on the back, especially if the acne is on the chest or face. This helps remove heat and toxins from your skin.
2. Relaxes Muscle Tension and Lowers Pain
In traditional Chinese medicine, cupping helps balance the flow of vital energies – qi and chi. The imbalance of these energies often occurs following body pain, major injuries, and surgeries. In cupping, the practitioner places a flammable substance, such as herbs, papers, or alcohol inside each cup, and ignites the substance. For the best result, some practitioners also apply massage cream, lotion, or oil on the body before placing the cups on the body.
Cupping therapy is also used for the following types of pain:
3. Treats Coughs and Cold
Along with cupping therapy, the patient also receives acupuncture and the chiropractic adjustment for a holistic treatment of a cough and cold. These alternative therapies are quite effective when it comes to improving metal yin (lung) and water yin (kidney). They help heal these body parts and reduce overall stress in the body.
Some other benefits that you can try cupping for are:
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