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What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping refers to an ancient traditional Chinese medicinal practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using combustion or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping).

History of Cupping
Cupping has been used for thousands of years in China and around the world. Ancient Egyptians (1550 BC) and ancient Greeks (413 BC) used cupping to remove foreign matter from the body, diminish pain, lessen inflammations, and restore appetite. Its early uses were primarily to draw out pus and blood in the treatment of boils and carbuncles. Later, it was found to be effective in treating other diseases and ailments. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
The earliest written record of cupping being used is Bo Shu, a silk book that was found in a Han dynasty tomb. In 755 AD, cupping was recorded as being used to treat tuberculosis. In 1055 AD, chronic cough and poisonous snakebites were added to the list of ailments that could be treated with cupping. Cupping became very popular in Europe during the 1800’s for the treatment of many diseases. However, during the 20th century, cupping died out as a treatment due to the development of antibiotics and fever-reducing drugs. Today, cupping is used to treat "bi-syndrome" ("painful obstruction") in Chinese medicine, asthma, common cold, chronic cough, indigestion problems, and skin conditions.
Early instruments for cupping included cattle horns and bamboo cups. The first cupping therapy was applied using cattle horns, which gave it the name "horn therapy”. Originally, the Chinese applied hollowed-out animal horns to the skin, sucked the air out of the horn and then blocked the opening with one finger, drawing up the underlying tissues.
Sheepskin valves were also used to create suction in the cups. Modern suction cupping is still very similar to old methods, but some new developments include electronic, electrical, and mechanized suction pumps. Electromagnetic cupping has been shown to increase the therapeutic effectiveness of cupping, especially when applied to the joints.
Cupping therapy was further developed in Chinese medicine as a means to open the "Meridians" of the body. Meridians are the conduits through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the entire length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues. It was considered that this caused tissues to release toxins, activated the lymphatic system, cleared colon blockages, helped activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activated the skin, cleared stretch marks and improved varicose veins.
Because of the depth of its effect, cupping is among the best deep tissue massages available. Cupping is useful, safe, and free from side effects; it can easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.
With recent scientific and technological developments, cupping therapy is gaining more and more acknowledgement and acceptance in western medicine. Throughout the world, more and more people are using this simple, traditional method for healing and keeping fit.

Who need the Cupping Therapy? 
All of people with the following diseases: Scapulohumeral periarthritis, Cervical spondylosis, Rheumatic arthritis, High blood pressure, Cerebral thrombosis, Cold, Nervous headache, Lumbocrural pain, Trigeminal neuralgia, Sciatica, Diarrhea, Asthma, Constipation, Acute and Chronic prostatitis, Swelling and pain in throat, Tinnitus, Deafness, Chronic rhinitis, Gastropyretic toothache, Abnormal menstruation, Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Infantile enuresis, Children anorexia and so on.

Especially great help for Pain Syndrome:
Cervical spondylopathy
Frozen shoulder, keen and arm pain
Acute lumbar sprain and lumbar muscular fatigue
intercostals neuralgia and sciatica never pain
Rheumatoid arthritis
Back pain and low back pain
Sporting tissue injury
Facial paralysis, migraine and sexual neurasthenia

What you need to note during taking the Cupping Therapy?
1.Clean thoroughly, remove body hair.
2.Wash cups and target areas on skin with warm, lightly salty water, and dry before cupping.
3.Before performing cupping procedure with a suction cup, make sure the inside of the cup is clean and the assembly is intac
4.Select an appropriate size or type of cup
5.Smear an appropriate amount of oil, or skin cream onto the target area.
6.Connect the connecters, cup and pump gun, and place the cup on the appropriate part of the body. Draw the gun handle to withdraw air from the cup. Remove Connector to leave cup attached to skin by vacuum pressure. Cups may be moved while attached, the cream or oil acting as a lubricant.
7.The cups can be used individually or in combination according to your preference.
8.After the desired elapsed time, simply release the pressure in the cup by pulling up on the cup’s valve to release vacuum. Always use this method to release cup gently to prevent skin damage.
9.It is normal for darkening to appear on the skin where cups are applied. This will dissipate in a few days.
10.It is possible that sometimes blisters may appear on the skin where the cup has been attached. When the blistering is serious, routine sterilization is necessary. Prick the blisters and apply disinfectant.
11.During each cupping session, keep the room warm.
12.Use for no more than 15 minutes / target area, 1~2 times daily, 10 days / area. (After 10 days, give the area a rest of at least 1-2 days).

1. Do not use cupping on individuals equipped with a cardiac pacemaker.
2. Do not apply cupping to subjects who are tired or hungry.
3. Do not apply cupping on swollen, bruised or ulcerated skin.
4. If subject experiences dizziness or fainting during cupping, stop application immediately, give subject fluids and rest.Limit application to 15 minutes.
5. For those with tender skin, lessen the cupping time to avoid blistering the skin.
6. If any blistering or infection occurs during/after cupping, ensure proper first aid and/or medical attention as appropriate.
7. Discoloration of the skin after cupping is normal. It will disappear after a few days.

The following should receive cupping only on the advice of a physician:
∙ Individuals with hemophilia, thrombocytopenia or other diseases which may cause bleeding .
∙ Pregnant women.
∙ Individuals with allergic skin reactions.

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