Cupping therapy to promote healing
Cupping is a form of alternative medicine used to alleviate localized pain and help the healing process. While cupping is quickly growing in popularity, it is far from new, dating back to ancient times in Egypt, China and the Middle East.
The process originally involved lighting alcohol inside specialized cups. As the fire was extinguished the cups were placed over the skin and a vacuum was created from the hot air cooling, forming a suction on the body. This causes the blood vessels to expand, which helps to bring healing. Today the same result is achieved by using pumps to create the vacuum. The appearance on the skin is a round red circle, which usually only lasts 5-10 days. The result of the procedure can be reduced pain in the treated area and sometimes reduced inflammation. Most people find the process relaxing, which reduces stress. This is yet another health benefit associated with cupping therapy.