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Cupping therapy: A prudent remedy for a plethora of medical ailments.

Mehta P, Dhapte V - J Tradit Complement Med (2015)

Bottom Line: Cupping therapy ( bá guàn liáo fǎ), one of the CAM, is practiced across the world.Cupping involves applying a heated cup to generate a partial vacuum that mobilizes the blood flow and promotes effective healing.This review outlines various tools and techniques of cupping therapy.

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Affiliation: Department of Quality Assurance, Poona College of Pharmacy, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India.

ABSTRACT
Since ancient times, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM; bǔ chōng yǔ tì dài yī xué) have played an important role in human health and welfare. Many therapeutic approaches in healthcare outside the realm of conventional medicine persist in various parts of the world. There is considerable scientific and commercial potential in CAM, which needs to be explored precisely. Cupping therapy ( bá guàn liáo fǎ), one of the CAM, is practiced across the world. This therapy is believed to act by correcting imbalances in the internal bio field, such as by restoring the flow of "Qi (qì)". Cupping involves applying a heated cup to generate a partial vacuum that mobilizes the blood flow and promotes effective healing. This review outlines various tools and techniques of cupping therapy.

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Mentions: Each kind of cupping therapy finds uses in different ailments. Since cupping is widely used in Chinese folklore culture, the technique has been inherited by the modern Chinese practitioners. In cupping, the heating power of flames aids in achieving suction (negative pressure) inside the cups which have to be employed on the desired part of the body.22 In sham cupping, a small hole to reduce the negative pressure after suction aids in maintaining the inner pressure for real cupping therapy, but yet more rigorous research calls for safe use of this device.26 Sliding cupping involves three steps viz. (1) the local area of pain, or the affected channels and points are lubricated; (2) the cup is applied; and (3) the cup is made to slide up and down until the skin becomes hyperemic. This is known to resolve the disturbed functions of Zang-fu via a dual mechanism of cupping as well as massage. Zang-fu is a collective term for internal organs; five zang organs encompass the heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys and the six fu organs contain gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, urinary bladder, and sanjiao (the triple energizer).27 El Sayed et al described cupping therapy in the form of ʻSʼ techniques, as depicted in Fig. 2.28


Cupping therapy: A prudent remedy for a plethora of medical ailments.

Mehta P, Dhapte V - J Tradit Complement Med (2015)

Cupping therapy and ‘S’ techniques.
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fig2: Cupping therapy and ‘S’ techniques.
Mentions: Each kind of cupping therapy finds uses in different ailments. Since cupping is widely used in Chinese folklore culture, the technique has been inherited by the modern Chinese practitioners. In cupping, the heating power of flames aids in achieving suction (negative pressure) inside the cups which have to be employed on the desired part of the body.22 In sham cupping, a small hole to reduce the negative pressure after suction aids in maintaining the inner pressure for real cupping therapy, but yet more rigorous research calls for safe use of this device.26 Sliding cupping involves three steps viz. (1) the local area of pain, or the affected channels and points are lubricated; (2) the cup is applied; and (3) the cup is made to slide up and down until the skin becomes hyperemic. This is known to resolve the disturbed functions of Zang-fu via a dual mechanism of cupping as well as massage. Zang-fu is a collective term for internal organs; five zang organs encompass the heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys and the six fu organs contain gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, urinary bladder, and sanjiao (the triple energizer).27 El Sayed et al described cupping therapy in the form of ʻSʼ techniques, as depicted in Fig. 2.28

Bottom Line: Cupping therapy ( bá guàn liáo fǎ), one of the CAM, is practiced across the world.Cupping involves applying a heated cup to generate a partial vacuum that mobilizes the blood flow and promotes effective healing.This review outlines various tools and techniques of cupping therapy.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Quality Assurance, Poona College of Pharmacy, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India.

ABSTRACT
Since ancient times, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM; bǔ chōng yǔ tì dài yī xué) have played an important role in human health and welfare. Many therapeutic approaches in healthcare outside the realm of conventional medicine persist in various parts of the world. There is considerable scientific and commercial potential in CAM, which needs to be explored precisely. Cupping therapy ( bá guàn liáo fǎ), one of the CAM, is practiced across the world. This therapy is believed to act by correcting imbalances in the internal bio field, such as by restoring the flow of "Qi (qì)". Cupping involves applying a heated cup to generate a partial vacuum that mobilizes the blood flow and promotes effective healing. This review outlines various tools and techniques of cupping therapy.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus