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Cupping therapy is a method of complementary medicine. It is one of the oldest therapeutic methods and was used around 3,000 BC. Depicted on a Mesopotamian doctor's seal.

Cupping is a traditional therapy method that is supposed to remove harmful substances from the body - from a naturopathic point of view, it is counted as a drainage method. The aim of these procedures is to remove harmful substances or substances that cause illness from the body.

The Effects of cupping therapy are diverse. She improves:

  • the local blood flow
  • the lymph flow
  • the metabolism in the treated skin area

Further effects of cupping therapy are due to the positive influence on the reflex pathways that are connected to the internal organs and organ systems.

Indications (areas of application)

  • bronchial asthma
  • Discopathy (intervertebral disc damage)
  • Biliary diseases, functional
  • Functional heart problems
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Jaundice (jaundice)
  • Liver disease (functional liver failure)
  • Lung disease
  • Lumboischialgia (occurrence of a combined phenomenon consisting of back pain and sciatica)
  • migraine
  • Myogeloses (knot-like or bulge-shaped, clearly defined hardening in the muscles; colloquially also known as hard tension)
  • Renal insufficiency (kidney weakness)
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Tonsillitis (tonsillitis)

Contraindications (contraindications)

  • anemia
  • Skin diseases in the skin area to be treated such as eczema, dermatitis
  • Coagulopathy

The procedure

In cupping therapy, cupping glasses (cupping heads) are placed on the patient's skin, which, with the help of negative pressure, should lead to pollutants being expelled from the body. The negative pressure is created by heating the air in the cupping glass and placing the glass immediately on the body.

The cupping glasses are mainly placed on the back. Other places are z. B. Liver, abdomen, thorax or thigh.

One can distinguish the following forms of cupping:

  • Bloody cupping - With this method, the skin is scratched before the cupping glass is put on, so that blood is drawn from the body and drained away during the cupping process
  • Dry cupping - This method does not scratch the skin
  • Cupping massage - The skin area to be treated is rubbed with skin oil and then massaged with the help of the attached cupping glasses

Possible complications

In rare cases, bloody cupping can lead to inflammation, impaired wound healing or scarring.
With dry cupping, a hematoma forms; this is a desirable therapeutic effect.

In rare cases there may be a short-term worsening of the symptoms (phenomenon of initial worsening). The phenomenon of initial aggravation is not only known in cupping therapy. This phenomenon is also known in homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

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