For those of you who are not familiar with cupping, it is a procedure that involves hot glass cups that are placed on the body and then pulling them away from the skin to promote blood flow and relax muscles.
Many massage therapists are including cupping in their practice. And it has many health benefits too. Here are 9 of them.
Increased blood flow and good circulation lead to a removal of toxins inside of the body. Cupping also helps to clear dead cells. Therefore, it is vital to drink a lot of water after the cupping therapy.
2. PAIN RELIEF
This is the main reason why many people use cupping as a therapy. Because it increases blood flow, it gives the tissues of the body oxygen and the important nutrients. It relaxes the muscles and eases their stiffness that relates to back and neck pain, rheumatism, and migraines.
3. INDUCES INFLAMMATION AND HEALS INJURIES FASTER
Inflammation is a body’s defense mechanism that helps heal injuries and illnesses. Even though when you suffer from some injury or muscular pain you probably reach for an ice cube first, you should try something hot instead, like cupping, that will cause your body to become more inflamed thus helping you heal faster.
4. RELIEVES COUGH, COLD, AND ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Cupping stimulates the lungs and other vital organs as well to help your body get rid of excess phlegm. So, it relieves your body of coughs, colds, and allergies while also boosting your immune system.
5. RELIEVES DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
Cupping is also popular for relieving digestive disorders, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is one of them. It is believed that this is due to the relaxing effects of cupping. Also, cupping therapy has proven to be effective in curing stomach cramps, diarrhea, water retention, gastritis, and a loss of appetite.
6. IMPROVES SKIN CONDITIONS
Cupping is also helpful in treating various skin conditions, such as herpes, acne, eczema, skin inflammation, and even cellulite. Cupping draws more blood to the affected area which energizes the skin tissues and heals them.
Cupping is also an effective therapy for fighting wrinkles because it offers more nutrients to the skin thus making the skin healthier, glowing, and younger looking. Also, creams and lotions are absorbed better in the skin after the cupping therapy, therefore, making them more effective.
8. TREATS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive and painful condition that interferes with sensation and hand strength that can even result in a loss of hand function. Luckily, cupping can help the treatment of this syndrome.
9. PROMOTES RELAXATION
Cupping is a soothing therapy that relaxes the mind and the body. It provides a great soothing and relaxing relief from the everyday stress.
Have you tried cupping? What are your experiences with this therapy?