Cupping therapy was first discussed in old medical textbooks in the Western World and was described as a medical practice that was used by Egyptians. There have also been accounts of Hippocrates using the Cupping Method for internal disease. Fire Cupping has also been practiced through Europe, Asia, and Africa. Cupping therapy is an alternative form of medicine and is perhaps better known as a traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture.
Cupping therapy, also known as hijama therapy in some Arabic cultures, is a fascinating alternative form of medicine that has received mention in historical accounts dating from possibly 5,000 years ago. Chinese Cupping therapy is often used in conjunction with more commonly known forms of traditional Chinese medicine treatments and methods such as acupuncture and acupressure.
The basic idea behind cupping therapy is to place
glass cups or silicone cups on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum, so the
blood is drawn to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that
need healing. Traditional Chinese practitioners discuss different areas, or
meridians, of the body that are used to transfer energy. They believe each body
has twelve different meridians and treatment can be applied to each meridian
for a myriad of reasons.