How does Cupping Therapy work at Express Healthcare?
In order to create the vacuum effect inside the cup, our provider may place a flammable substance such as herbs, alcohol, or paper inside each cup and ignite it. The brief fire will suck up the air inside the cup and cause the vacuum effect when secured against the skin. Most cupping therapy sessions involve three to seven cups placed on the body.
Our provider may also use an electric pump or self-suctioning cups to create this effect. Some patients prefer traditional methods over more modern practices. Cups are generally left in place for five to ten minutes. In some cases, “flash” cupping may be used where the cup is quickly removed after attaching it to the skin.
What are the benefits of cupping therapy?
While scientific research hasn’t firmly connected the benefits of cupping to helping any specific ailment, this therapy is often used in conjunction with other treatments. Many patients report improvements in their ailments with cupping therapy. It has been used to help clear congestion from colds a help someone control their asthma. Many respiratory illnesses in the lungs seem to benefit from some cupping therapy when used with other treatments.
Cupping has also been used to detoxify the skin and circulatory system. After three to five treatments, many patients report improved skin color and tone. Cupping therapy can remove toxins from the skin and improve blood flow from arteries and veins. Athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to relieve muscle spasms. It can also improve the digestive system by improving metabolism, strengthen digestion, promote a healthy appetite, and give you relief from constipation.
This therapy method can also be used to treat pain, acne, paralysis, cervical spondylosis, and herpes zoster. Again, this therapy should be used in conjunction with several other treatments in order to get the results the patient is looking for.