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Cupping Therapy

 
 
CUPPING THERAPY

Cupping therapy is a form of purgative treatment that is done by attaching cupping glass to the skin spots on the body suitable for acupuncture and removing congealed blood. It can purify the physical constitution. It has good effects of sending nutrients to each cells and sending out waste material.
 
 
Overview of Korean Medicine
 
There are two ways to treat disease in Korean Medicine. 
  1. Tonifying therapy - the way of treating by raising vitality.
  2. Purgative method - the way of treating by exterminating miasmal things.

        Today's diseases are usually generated by overeating, lack of exercise, stress, alcohol, smoking and so on. These causes obstruct the metabolism of our body. In this case, purgative method is preferred to tonifying therapy. One of the most popular purgative method is cupping therapy. It is a congestion remedy of attaching cupping glass to the skin spots on the body suitable for acupuncture and removing congealed blood. It can purify the physical constitution. It has good effects of sending nutrients to each cells and sending out waste material.

The Principle

Cupping therapy purifies the body fluids. It removes non-physiological fluids such as mucus and congealed blood by adding negative pressure. It functions as a acceleration of harmonious metabolism and blood purification.

Types of Cupping Therapy

In general, it can be divided into 2 ways, Damp Cupping therapy and Dry Cupping terapy. Damp Cupping therapy is a congestion remedy with acupuncture and Dry Cupping therapy is without acupuncture. If we prick the spot in point with a needle or three-edged needle and attach the cupping glass on the spot and extract some blood, it may be called Damp Cupping therapy. If we attach the cupping glass on the spot in point without pricking, we call it Dry Cupping therapy . Damp Cupping therapy is used to treat various pain, arthralgia, boil and pimple. Dry Cupping therapy helps the circulation of Ki and Blood by vasodilation and muscle stimulation. It is known to be very effective for making skin elastic and accelerating the fat metabolism.

Diseases Susceptible to Treatment

Cupping therapy is usually used to remove the congealed blood caused by bruises and can ease pain of myalgia, lumbago etc. We can apply cupping therapy to internal disharmony such as stomachache, digestive disorder, headache and menstrual pains.

Contraindications & Precaution 

We may not use cupping therapy to pregnant women and nursing mothers and people who have an allergy, high fever, convulsion. Because there is a risk of infection especially in case of Damp Cupping therapy. We should inquire of a physician about the matter. If the patient has anemia or uses anticoagulant, depletion of blood is not recommended.

Cupping therapy is not used on the face, abdomen and chest. We should be careful of side effects such as congelation like epidermis of strawberry, purple spot and bubble like water blister.

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