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Holistic Cupping Therapy Ipoh (”Bekam” In Malay Called)

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Did you also know about the strides chinese made in physical therapy or Hijama ? A therapeutic cupping therapy (Hijama) involves warming and placing cups, usually made from glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is made , and when it’s applied to the skin, the tissue is involved into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or animal tissue , and is assumed to stimulate healing. it’s almost like the way deep tissue massage are often wont to hack connective tissue and reduce pain.

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Chinese too discovered the therapy of cupping which is called Cupping Therapy where cups are heated and applied on affected areas of an individual body to fight inflammation. Cupping treatments are distinctive offerings of many massage parlors or beauty spas all around the world. Besides the treatment of relieving muscle aches, what most people did not know off is that it is also effective for weight loss and body contouring. Though scaping and cupping seem primitive, they are based on long standing TCM practices that have evolved over the last two millennia.

Cupping therapy includes suction cupping and fire cupping. Cupping is more popular at present. Cupping therapy can divide tendons and dispel cold, dredge the meridians, promote “qi” and blood circulation, relieve swelling and pain, remove toxins and relieve heat, so it can adjust the body’s condition, relieve fatigue, and enhance physical fitness.

Suction Cup

Cupping therapy supporters believe that this practice removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing and general well-being. The vacuum created by Cupping draws up old and non-circulating blood and sticky proteins; it draws away all this away from the affected area so that free circulation can be restored. Therefore, when the affected area is
free of stagnation it leaves space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients to promote faster healing.

How Does Cupping Therapy Work

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During a cupping session, a practitioner places round cups directly on your skin. The cup is either first heated with fire or manually pumped to make a suction. The cups are then left on your skin for several minutes.

Where there is dead static blood, cellular debris and toxins in the affected areas, Cupping will leave marks which indicates that the stagnation has been removed from the deeper tissue layers and to be dispersed by the body’s immune system. The marks will vary in intensity and depends on the level of stagnation in the area, the colours will range from bright red to deep purple.

The marks will disappear within 2 to 3 days and sometimes longer if the affected area is very stagnant and the person usually leads a sedentary lifestyle. On the other hand, if there is little or no stagnation, the mark will be pinkish in colour and will dissipate in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Cupping marks are a necessary barometer of the level of stagnation and is one of the most powerful and beneficial results of this therapy.

Chinese Cupping Therapy

When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises and coagulation of blood and sticky proteins and will result in stagnation of circulation to the area causing pain, dysfunction and chronic conditions. Areas with old trauma or injury may require multiple treatments to remove all stagnation and the marks will be progressively lighter as the pathogens are slowly removed.

Cupping therapy is relatively safer today with modern equipment and sterilizing methods. Despite of all the improvements, Cupping can cause some swelling and bruising of the skin and are relatively painless and will disappear within a few days after treatment.

What Are The Benefits Of Cupping Therapy 

According to this report in The New York Times , a number of studies have shown that cupping effectively relieves pain. For example, in a  2012 study of 61 people  with chronic neck pain, subjects who underwent cupping scored higher on measurements of well-being. They felt less pain than those who used progressive muscle relaxation. Cupping has
physiological effects for certain, that’s because something interesting happens when cupping draws the skin away from underlying muscles. This action will triggers the immune system to produce cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins which work closely with the immune system to regulate inflammation.

Cupping Therapy Side Effects

The primary side effects of cupping are bruising and skin irritation. Both should heal on their own in 7-10 days. There’s also a little risk of infection

Who Are Not Encourage To Do Cupping Therapy

Although cupping therapy is simple and easy to perform and has good results, not everyone can use it, especially the following people need to choose carefully——   

Those with skin allergies or skin injuries. Cupping may aggravate allergy symptoms. Skin ulcers cannot be pulled out, which can easily cause infection, blisters, and aggravate ulcers.   

Pregnant women, women’s menstrual period. Cupping is not suitable for pregnant women’s abdomen and lumbosacral area. If pregnant women undergo inappropriate cupping, threatened abortion can be caused. Cupping in the lower abdomen or lumbosacral area during menstruation can cause excessive menstrual flow.   

After a full meal and wine. The blood flows to the liver for metabolic work. At this time, the blood is forcibly guided to the cupping site and the heart has to beat several times to accelerate the blood supply, which is prone to various discomforts such as dizziness and nausea.

It should be reminded that in addition to the above population, some special parts of the human body are not suitable for cupping. For example, the face and abdomen are not suitable for cupping, such as the face, abdomen and other places with insufficient muscles and organ cavities. Cupping is not recommended, especially the abdomen. Folding, intestinal obstruction; there also are places where the body area is easy to move, the bones are uneven, and the extra hair area is unsuitable for cupping. When cupping, you must choose a suitable can according to the area of the pulled part. The operation must be rapid to make the can pull tight and have a strong adsorption. Moreover, the retention time in summer is not suitable for too long, and it is best to control it at about 10 minutes.


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