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Cupping Therapy is an ancient medical treatment that relies upon creating a local suction to mobilise blood flow in order to promote healing. It is performed by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin by either applying a heated cup on the skin which consumes the air within it (fire cupping) or by using a suction pump (suction cupping). In fire cupping the practitioner may use a cup made of glass, metal or wood (bamboo). The cups are then heated by burning alcohol-soaked cotton within the cups. The cup is then placed faced down flat on the skin as the heat creates suction on the skin. Suction cupping uses a suction pump to pump the air out of the cup after it is applied to the skin.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping has been one of the oldest non-drug therapies in ancient china. Cupping was used along with acupuncture and moxibustion. ‘Qi’ is the fundamental energy of life according to the Chinese medicine and it flows in everything. The nature of ‘qi’ is warm and flowing hence a disease is thought to block the flow and becomes congested. For this reason, amongst the Chinese, cupping is thought to balance the ‘qi’. The cups are applied along acupuncture points (‘meridians’) and the site of pain (Ford 2013).
http://www.rayfordacupuncture.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/the_use_of_cupping.pdf (accessed 13 September 2016)
There have been many studies that have given evidence of the effectiveness of cupping in medical health problems. Cao et al. (2010) identified 50 diseases that cupping has been used for in many different studies; these diseases may have been part of clinical studies, case series or case reports, amongst those for pain, herpes zoster virus, cough/ asthma, acne, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, generalized pain (lumbar sprain), infection pain (herpes zoster) and neuralgia pain (sciatica and headache).
Cupping has come to prominence recently due to its use by Olympic athletes and celebrities, but
Cao H, Han M, Li X, Dong S, Shang Y, Wang Q, Xu S and Liu j (2010), ‘Clinical research evidence of cupping therapy in china: a systemic literature review’, BMC complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10(70).
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