Evidence Based Oriental Medicine
Cupping is the process of putting special cups on your skin in strategic locations for a specified amount of time to create suction. Prior to the cups being placed on the skin, a trained professional will heat them to create the suction or they will use a manual pump after they are placed. The suction created by the cups increases blood flow and circulation and can promote healing and reduce pain. There are two different types of cupping that are practiced at Evidence Based Oriental Medicine (EBOM): Wet cupping and dry cupping.
How does cupping help those with diabetes?
How Can Cupping Help Those with Diabetes?
The second method, called “wet cupping”, is similar to dry cupping. However, prior to the cups being placed on the skin, a trained practitioner will puncture the skin so that blood is drawn out during the suction process. It is believed that wet cupping can help the kidneys clear toxins from the body and can also help with chronic conditions such as diabetes.
The method described above is known as “dry cupping”. It causes your skin to redden and your blood vessels to expand and therapists believe that it produces results by inducing hyperemia, or an increase of blood in tissues and organs.
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Long practiced in many cultures around the world, cupping is an accepted treatment in the holistic, natural medical field. It can be used to reduce pain, increase blood flow, relieve muscle tension, and promote cellular repair. Cupping can be used as a treatment on its own or in addition to other natural treatments such as massage or acupuncture or with more traditional Western treatments, medications, or therapies.