The Ancient Art of Cupping (baguan)
Cupping is a simple therapeutic technique that has been used since ancient times throughout many parts of the world. In the treatment scope of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine cups are used to improve circulation, stimulates internal organ functions, and move Qi and Blood through the meridian system of the body. The meridian system is a complex network of energy pathways that support the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee” / Western equivalent – bioelectricity / Eastern terminology – “vital life force”). There are many styles of cupping regarding the application and the type of material used to make a cup. Historically animal horns or bamboo were used but modern cups are typically made out of glass or plastic.
A vacuum is formed inside the cup and applied to the surface of the skin. The skin and underlying tissue are firmly drawn up by the suction causing a local congestion of blood just under the surface. As blood and body fluids are drawn closer to the surface fresh fluids are drawn into the underlying tissue revitalizing the treated area.
Cupping has been used for various health conditions such as headaches, dizziness, cough, asthma, common cold, menstrual pain, muscle pain, tendinitis, bone pain, epigastric pain, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion.
The mild pulling sensation during a cupping treatment calms the nervous system and relaxes the body.
A word of caution – cupping should only be performed by a trained professional and should not be applied to the abdomen or low back during pregnancy.
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