Theory states that Ge Hong (A.D. 281-341), a Taoist alchemist and herbalist, was one of the first to practice cupping. Cupping is believed to restore the balance of Qi, or life force, which, in turn, balances the yin and yang with in the body.
In the 1960s, North Korean scientist, Kim Bong-Han conducted an experiment in which he analyzed the existence of meridians.
Even in Western Medicine, we are taught that balance is essential to a happy life. (Ie. A slice of chocolate cake is fine if you balance it with a cycling class). In Eastern Medicine, balance is seen as the harmony between yin and yang. When the flow of energy is blocked, it causes low energy or illness. Many eastern medicine techniques can help combat this stagnation:
”Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction”
Cupping used during sessions can be composed of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone. There are three types of mainstream cupping techniques. These include: dry cupping, wet cupping, and fire cupping.
Wet cupping is recommended to be done under supervision of an acupuncturist or medical professional, as it does draw blood to the surface.
In dry cupping, the cup is placed onto the skin and air is drawn out of the cup using a suctioning tool. The cup lightly holds skin, fascia, and a small layer of muscle. The cup is held onto the skin for up to 15 minutes.
Cupping can be useful for many. By balancing the Qi, cupping can overcome stagnation, releasing pain and inflammation in the cupped areas, reduce headaches, combat fatigue, and overall, rejuvenate the body.
Dont be afraid of “cupping kisses”! Each body reacts to the treatment differently and the amount of exposer time greatly affects the reaction. Cupping therapy can even be used as a facial treatment! (Leave a comment below if you’d like to learn more about facial cupping in another blog post!)