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Try the Cupping Therapy!


Cupping, a traditional Chinese medical therapy, involves the placing of a cupping glass to the skin for therapeutic purposes. During the process, a vacuum seal is created when a flame is lit on the glass.

The therapy is popular among Chinese, because it is easy and effective and there are minimal side effects. The therapy can immediately cure neck and/or back aches, dispel stasis and eliminate toxins from the body.

The method is effective in treating hundreds of maladies—including chills, pains or numbness caused by cold or dampness, consumption and asthma—and it can help a person stay fit; hence the saying, "If you want to stay healthy, you should often try cupping therapy."


Development


Cupping used to be called "jiaofa (horn)" in ancient times, because, back then, the tools used for cupping were the horns of some domestic animals, such as oxen and sheep. Gradually, various materials, such as bamboo, jade, metal and grass, were used for cupping. Bamboo, given its abundance, light weight and low cost, became the most widely used instrument for cupping during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). People began using cupping therapy to cure whooping cough during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), there was great development in the use of the therapy, as it was integrated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.


Important Points


1. Keeping Warm As cupping therapy involves the removal of one's shirt, the room must be kept at the proper temperature, to prevent the patient from catching a cold.


2. Preventing Scalding Be sure not to drop the flame into the cupping glass, or to light it at the mouth of the glass, to prevent scalding the patient.


3. Careful Application Cupping therapy should not be applied to parts of the body that contain a lot of hair, cuts or scars. Cupping should not be applied repeatedly to body parts before the marks, caused by the cupping, disappear.

In addition, the therapy should not be applied to children under age six, seniors over age 70 or women during their menstruation.


4. Avoiding Infection If body parts become red or itchy after cupping, do not scratch them. The redness and itchiness will eventually disappear. Be careful not to abrade light blisters. Prick the large blisters with a sterilized needle to drain the fluid, then apply a piece of germ-free gauze to prevent infection. Treatments


Headaches caused by cold weather: Cup the temples. Stomach cramps or diarrhea: The acupuncture points such as Zhongwan (4 cun* above the navel), Tianshu (2 cun beside the navel) and Qihai (1.5 cun below the navel). Waist and/or back ache/sprain: Waist and/or back. Poisonous snake bite: The affected body part.