Healing with cupping jars - A proven medical therapy

Cupping therapy is a traditional world-renowned and applied healing method in which vacuum pressure, such as by means of a cupping jar, is generated over a limited area of the skin. Cupping as a stimulation therapy and purging procedure belongs to natural medicine and alternative medicine and was already well-known in 3300 B.C. in Mesopotamia, Egypt and China.

To generate vacuum pressure, the air in the cupping jar or cupping glass is generally heated using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and subsequently placed on the skin area of the patient. The air is sucked out of some suction cups by means of a suction bulb or pump, which can be made of silicone or plastic instead of glass. At acupunctureworld, you can purchase many different kinds of cupping jars online.

Application of cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is used to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive problems, migraines, flu, depression, and knee and back pain. The therapy should strengthen the immune system, stimulate metabolism and detoxify the body. Cupping activates the reflex zones, which stimulates the activity of certain organs through better blood circulation in the connective tissue. Vacuum cupping techniques are also used in beauty treatments for lymphatic drainage, such as in the treatment of cellulite.

The doctor or alternative medicine practitioner formulates a diagnosis by palpating body parts to obtain so-called "palpatory findings". The presence of muscle stiffness, so-called gelosis or myogelosis, plays an important part in this. The most cupping-worthy areas are found on the back. An experienced therapist is often capable of identifying existing ailments solely based on the palpatory findings. Cupping therapy reveals very quickly if the diagnosis is accurate, because the diseased body reacts to correct cupping within minutes or a few hours.

Types of cupping

Dry cupping

Dry, bloodless cupping is used to treat "cold" or even "empty" geloses. The treatment can also be carried out fire-less, so without applying heat. Reduced blood supply to this area is palpable during the examination. The cupping jar is placed on the intact area of skin with vacuum pressure.

Bloody cupping

In bloody cupping, also referred to as "wet cupping", "hot" or "full" geloses are treated. These geloses are palpable as a painful hardening and are an accumulation of tissue fluid that leads to a greater volume of blood accumulating at this site. Before bloody cupping, the skin at the area to be treated is first scarified with a blood lancet, a seven-pointed star hammer or a plum blossom hammer. The cupping jar is then placed on the skin and the vacuum pressure draws some blood out through the scarified area. The result is improved blood circulation in the treated area, which should lead to better metabolic processes.

Cupping glass massage

In cupping glass or suction massage, the cupping glass is placed on intact areas of the skin coated in massage oil. The vacuumised cupping jar is then moved over the skin area, which simulates a massage of the connective tissue and promotes blood circulation. This allows tension and cramps to be eased and metabolism to be stimulated.