Cupping - the remedy from the Chinese medicine is beneficial and can alleviate many different ailments on the body
Cupping - the principle has nothing to do with the wallet
We are probably all aware that trendy cupping in the medical sense has nothing to do with "purse cupping". The saying only applies in a figurative sense, but it does show the principle a little. It consists of placing different sized, bell-like cupping glasses with a diameter of about three to six centimetres made of glass, plastic or silicone on the skin and then creating a slight negative pressure. The negative pressure can be created by vacuum pumps, by placing small rubber balls or, in the case of silicone heads, simply by gently squeezing them, because the elastic bells want to return to their original shape and therefore cause a slight suction effect.
So what is the medical effect or benefit for the patient?
Due to the slight negative pressure inside the cupping glasses, the skin is pulled a little into the glasses and there is initially a slight leakage of fluid from the blood and lymph vessels into the surrounding tissue. In principle, this is a slight oedema, roughly comparable to a "hickey". The immune system reacts to the internal injury by summoning leukocytes, which "clear away" the leaked fluid, and at the same time slight inflammatory reactions occur, which cause increased blood flow to the area. Overall, the metabolism in the cupped skin regions is accelerated, so that the repair mechanism and the removal of no longer usable substances are also accelerated. The surrounding tissue undergoes a natural "retreading" and any muscle tension and fascia adhesions can be dissolved. Because certain points on the skin are connected to certain organs via the so-called head zones, cupping is used to alleviate and heal a large number of different complaints ? including those of internal organs.
How is cupping done and how do the individual methods differ?
The basic principle of cupping as described above is applied in slight modifications as dry, wet or bloody cupping and as cupping massage. The simplest type is the dry method. The cupping heads are placed on the skin and then the slight negative pressure is created. The cupping time lasts only a few minutes and depends on the instructions of the therapist or on the instructions for use when applied at home.
For wet or bloody cupping, the skin is scratched a little with a blood lancet before cupping. After putting on the cupping glasses, a little blood and tissue fluid emerges from the scratched skin into the cupping bells. This is to intensify the effect of the cupping. It is a typical drainage procedure that relieves the immune and lymphatic system by physically draining the fluid, because in the dry procedure, the fluid that has entered the tissue must be completely broken down and phagocytosed by the immune system.
The cupping or cupping massage is found to be extremely pleasant. The area of skin to be treated is oiled before the cupping head is applied. The oil on the skin allows the cupping head to move back and forth or in circles. The cupping massage allows a relatively large area to be treated, which results in a strong blood circulation.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different cupping glass materials?
While originally cupping glasses were made exclusively of transparent glass, today materials such as transparent plastic ? similar to plastic glasses ? and biocompatible, skin-friendly silicone in different colours are also common. Cupping glasses made of so-called unbreakable glass are particularly hygienic because they can be easily cleaned. They are characterised by a long service life. The risk of breakage or shattering is only slight. To generate the vacuum, the jars rely on rubber balls or on small vacuum pumps. The vacuum pumps also offer the advantage that the strength of the negative pressure can be varied and adjusted according to the treatment site.
The cupping glasses are often made of clear transparent plastic. Visually, they resemble the bells made of glass. Handling and generation of the negative pressure are also no different from the glass models. Splintering is impossible even with strong force.
The so-called silicone cupping has become very popular because a cupping head made of silicone, which has been dermatologically tested for biocompatibility and skin-friendliness, is particularly practical. Silicone cupping does not require any aids such as rubber balls or vacuum pumps to create negative pressure. They are offered in three different strengths and sizes and in many different colours. They are also easy to clean and particularly well suited for the dry method and for cupping massage.
Hoopomania offers a choice of three different cupping sets. Each set contains cupping glasses made of robust plastic and includes the required vacuum pump. A distinction is made between:
M006 - Hoopomania cupping set 6 pieces
This set contains six cupping glasses with different outer diameters from 30mm - 68mm.
M012 - Hoopomania cupping set 12 pieces
This set contains two cupping glasses of each diameter, making a total of 12 pieces.
M016 - Hoopomania cupping set 24 pieces
The largest set contains additional magnets and a total of 24 cupping glasses, 4 of which are curved, making them ideal for elbows or joints.
Which diseases can be treated with cupping?
Because the internal organs are connected to different areas of the skin and, as is usual in acupuncture, can be stimulated directly via the skin areas, there are almost no limits to the treatment. The procedures have been shown to be particularly suitable for the following complaints, among others:
- Migraine and other types of headaches
- High blood pressure and low blood pressure
- Bronchitis and asthma
- Cardiovascular diseases
- digestive problems
- Back pain, intervertebral disc problems and lumbago and carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist
- Depression and weakness
- ringing in the ears, tinnitus and dizziness
The applications are based on the instructions of the therapist or on the application recommendations provided by the manufacturers of the cupping sets.
If you attach great importance to Chinese remedies, such as cupping, you should take a look around. You may be interested in a cupping set from us, with which you can practise a special vacuum massage at home yourself if required. The jars are made of plastic or glass, so you can do absolutely nothing wrong. Activate the body's own substances so that they virtually detoxify themselves. This is how you can actually strengthen your own immune system in the long term. By improving your own blood circulation through the negative pressure during cupping, you can keep the body healthy in the long term.
Help with digestive problems, asthma and flu
You can rely on cupping, for example, if you suffer from a cold or flu, or acute bronchitis or asthma. Many people suffering from chronic pharyngitis or tonsillitis have already been helped by cupping. If you have digestive problems or rheumatic complaints, you can also try this traditional Chinese healing method. Even if you are fighting cellulite, you can improve.
Cellulite is the medical term for a complaint for which the vernacular has also coined the unflattering term orange peel skin. The name is derived from the visual appearance of the orange with its dimpled surface. The basically harmless but quite unaesthetic skin change is mainly observed on the thighs and buttocks and affects almost exclusively women. Although the intensity and extent of this unpleasant phenomenon are congenital and occur more frequently in families, more than 80 percent of all women in the fifth decade of life have the unsightly skin changes below the hip area.
Causes and correlations
For affected women, it may be a comfort to know that their orange peel skin is not a symptom of disease, but an exclusively cosmetic problem. As a result of an oestrogen-related weakness of the connective tissue, the female skin increasingly loses elasticity in the middle phase of life. The skin becomes thinner and more stretchy, and the dreaded dimples appear. The likelihood of cellulite is also increased by a higher body fat percentage, which in women has been on average 25 percent higher than in men for millions of years due to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Promising treatment approach
Cupping is a proven naturopathic treatment that can look back on thousands of years of tradition. In contrast to conventional medicine, women have been using this side-effect-free and painless method of treatment to combat their orange peel skin since time immemorial. The cupping glasses create a negative pressure on the surface of the skin, which generates a pleasant warmth and increases the blood flow. After cupping, the skin appears pink to slightly reddish, depending on the duration and intensity of the treatment, and is noticeably firmer after just a few applications. If you regularly apply the cupping glasses to the areas of your skin affected by cellulite, the metabolism is stimulated, which also results in a lasting lifting and rejuvenation of the deeper-lying connective tissue. The cupping glasses are available in different sizes and can be ideally adjusted to the dimensions of the affected skin areas. If you manage to treat your problem areas in this way for ten to fifteen minutes every day, you should start to see results after just a few weeks.
Cupping - A successful healing method
Cupping is a medical procedure whose origins date back to the earliest times of human development. The traditional practice was to make a fine incision in one spot on the body and finally to suck it slowly and in a controlled manner. This form of bleeding was considered purifying and beneficial to health, because it was believed that the organism was cleansed of latent toxins by the method. Until recently, so-called bloody cupping has been a popular measure of curative and alternative medicine.
Dry cupping - a development of modern times
Nowadays, another form of the method is becoming more and more widespread, which avoids contact with the inner fluid. The so-called dry variant is based on heated suction cups or bells made of glass, which are placed over the entire surface of the areas to be treated. A vacuum is created by the negative pressure, which lifts the skin. With the help of dry cupping, muscular tension and hardening can be released. In addition, the method stimulates the blood circulation and helps the body to get into a state of self-help. Dry cupping is popular for complaints such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems or knee joint pain. Even with a cold, this method is said to promote recovery.
The cupping massage
A special further development of the procedure is the cupping massage. Here, the back is first rubbed with oil. The practitioner then moves the glass bell along muscle, tendon and nerve lines to relieve any tension and stimulate circulation. The cupping glass massage is said to have more efficient results than the conventional massage.
Cupping is a well-known method for relieving tension or alleviating pain. The so-called cupping glass is used for this. These spherical vessels are made of glass and have different diameters. They can be between 3 and 6 cm in diameter. By means of negative pressure, they are supposed to act on the affected areas and achieve their effect. The method is not new, but has been known for several thousand years.
How does the method work?
The treatment should always be carried out by a qualified person/doctor. The doctor places the glasses with the opening facing downwards on certain areas of the skin. The necessary negative pressure is achieved by heat or suction of the air. This stimulates the blood circulation of the body and the healing powers can unfold their effect. Originally, the effect was explained by the flow of the bodily fluids. If these were imbalanced, the cupping glass was supposed to stimulate the juices to flow again. In this way, blockages and pain could be treated.
How does a treatment with the cupping glass come about?
First of all, the exact spot where the muscle hardening is present has to be felt. This can be done, for example, by slowly running the fingers over the back. In some cases, dry cupping is also used, in which the cupping glass is placed directly on the affected area. Classically, the air in the cupping glass is heated beforehand and then placed on the skin. When the air inside cools down, the negative pressure is created, the vessels dilate and the blood circulation is stimulated.
What can cupping help with?
Those who undergo cupping usually find this method very beneficial and relaxing. Since the negative pressure and stimulated blood circulation relieve tension, those affected later experience great relief from pain, stress or fatigue. In addition, cupping can also be used for colds, back problems or menstrual cramps. However, it should be noted that cupping is not a miracle cure and cannot replace classical orthodox medicine. In addition, small bruises remain on the skin after cupping, and the areas often become somewhat sensitive to pain. In order for the effect to unfold optimally, do not shower for four hours after the treatment. In addition, the cupping glass should not be applied to the same spot during the next treatment. This method is not recommended for people taking anticoagulants, as unpleasant side effects may occur.