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Remember those cool bruise-like marks on celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Phelps a few years ago? Those images introduced the mainstream to cupping, but this ancient practice has actually been used for more than 2,000 years. Cupping is a therapeutic method with roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. During a session, cups are placed on the skin and heated to create suction. That’s known as dry cupping. Wet cupping is similar, but the difference is that small cuts are made on the skin before cups are placed, which promotes bleeding. (If you’re squeamish about wet cupping, don’t stress, just go for dry cupping first!) In TCM theory, this procedure releases “stagnant” blood. The same idea applies to dry cupping, only there’s no blood loss. Instead, it’s stagnant energy that’s released. People turn to cupping to help manage back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, neck pain, acne, and beyond.

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Cupping Therapy: Relieve Pain, Reduce Inflammation, and Remove Toxins, with the Egyptian Healing Art

Cupping is an ancient healing technique that dates back thousands of years, all the way to the ancient Egyptians. Although the specific applications vary from place to place, the use of cupping is found in cultures around the world. It is known to have been used by Hippocrates, the Greek physician known as the Father of Modern Medicine, who lived around 400 B.C. It was named as a great medicine by the Prophet Mohammed in the Quran. Cupping has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine since the third or fourth centuries A.D. and is still used regularly in both traditional Chinese medicine and in modern Chinese hospitals. Cupping works by placing vessels (cups) at specific points on the body and inducing a suction to draw the blood within the treatment area up to the surface of the skin, which results in increased blood flow within the treatment area. As a result of the suction, cupping often causes bruise-like marks on the skin. Cupping garnered worldwide attention when those marks were spotted on the back and shoulders of American Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.In this book we'll cover: What is cupping? Types of cupping The history of cupping How does cupping work? The benefits of cupping What to expect from cupping A diagram of cupping point locations In this book I will walk you through everything you need to know about the various methods of cupping, the benefits and applications of each, who uses it, and what to look for if you are interested in trying it.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy

This new edition continues to offer readers a comprehensive exploration and description of techniques of cupping in the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Extensively updated throughout, and with a new website containing videos and a downloadable image bank, this volume will be ideal for students and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and all other complementary health practitioners looking to expand their skill base. Explains cupping therapy clearly, allowing the practitioner immediate access to a set of skills for everyday application Well illustrated to support the guidelines discussed in the text Includes website containing video clips showing 11 methods of cupping therapy plus picture gallery of more than 150 colour photographs Gives practical guidelines on the use of cupping in helping to treat more than 30 common conditions Looks closely at issues of safety, expectation and theoretical principles of action Text clarified and updated throughout, with an expanded artwork program and improved layout and design New chapters by specialist contributors cover Cupping’s Folk Heritage, Buddhist Medicine, and Thai Lanna Medicine New chapter on Cosmetic Cupping Techniques New section addressing Frequently Asked Questions An expanded discussion about the benefits of cupping therapy, including the treatment of new pathological conditions including myofascial pain Includes new evidence-based research on the effects of cupping therapy, including a systematic review

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