Have you ever heard of a cupping treatment ?. This therapy is one of the oldest alternative treatments that ever existed and is believed to cure various diseases.
Historically, cupping therapy originated and developed first in Egypt, China, and the Middle East. One of the world's oldest medical books, Ebers Papyrus, illustrates that the ancient Egyptians used this therapy in 1550 BC.
What is a cupping?
Proponents of this therapy believe that suction with the bowl can smooth the blood flow to encourage the healing of some diseases. But in general, as quoted by WebMD, the western medical community doubts the health claims conveyed by the supporters.
Many medical experts do not believe in cupping therapy
"Scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or other illness. Reports of successful cupping therapy are generally anecdotal or unofficial, "the American Cancer Society statement said.
In 2012, the study published in the journal PLoS ONE states that cupping therapy is no more than a placebo effect (mere suggestion, whereas the treatment actually does not have any effect).
Researchers from Australia and China conducted a review of 135 studies on alternative treatments published between 1992-2010. They conclude that bruising may be effective when combined with other treatments, such as acupuncture or drugs to treat various diseases and conditions such as:
- Herpes zoster
- Facial paralysis
- Cervical spondylosis
But the researchers knew that from all the studies reviewed there were biases. That's why they say that a new, better study is needed to find the right conclusions and outcomes for this therapy.
The health benefits of cupping therapyCupping therapy is not only done by people or ordinary people. A number of famous names such as artist Jennifer Anniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, until the tennis player Andy Murray also do this therapy.
Therapy that is one form of acupuncture is indeed proven to accelerate blood flow and increase our body energy. The news was conveyed by Ian Stones, acupuncturist at Farnham, Surrey UK and a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
"If a person is stressed or suffers physical trauma like a shoulder sprain, the energy in their body can be stagnant. Cupping can make the blood and energy move again and move to various areas to start the healing process, "said Stones, who has been doing bruise therapy therapy for 6 years.
"This therapy also has a good result if someone who wants to dibekam sick, such as flu. Aspiration may help stop further penetration of the flu into your immune system, "he added to the Daily Mail.
The British Cupping Society says some of the health benefits you can get by doing this therapy. They say this therapy can treat different health conditions, although not reinforced by the study. But they confirmed that cupping therapy is useful for treating:
- Blood disorders, such as anemia and hemophilia
- Rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Fertility and disorders related to gynecology
- Skin problems, such as eczema and acne
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Anxiety and depression
- Bronchial blockage caused by allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins
In addition to the above illnesses, the supporters of this therapy also add that the effects or other benefits are to reduce pain or pain and inflammation throughout the body. They also say cupping can boost mental and physical relaxation.
Well-known cupping practitioners in England, Dr. Nish Joshi, a holistic practitioner from Harley Street, said on his clinic website that cupping is recommended for treating blood circulation, reducing fluid accumulation, improving blood circulation that will help the skin look healthier, and reduce cellulite.
Side effects of cupping therapyThis therapy is relatively safe to do, especially if done by a professional and already experts in this field. However, there are some side effects that can happen, namely:
- The body feels a little uncomfortable
- The skin is slightly burned
- Skin infections