What Is Cupping?
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. The naturopathic doctor puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
What are the Therapy benefits?
Most of Olympic Champions use a more modern version of dry cupping uses a rubber pump instead of to create the vacuum inside the cup. In Balsam Clinic, we use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.
Wet cupping “Hijamah” creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, he or she does a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.