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Does Cupping Really Work?

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Yeah absolutely! I've had it done - it can be painful especially over sensitive parts of your body.
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Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
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Michael Phelps has more gold medals that countries have overall medals. That being said I trust his work out and recovery knowledge. If it has been giving him the edge for all these years, I have no idea why every swimmer in the world has not at least tried it.
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My mom received fire cupping therapy about 60 years ago while we were living in Lima, Peru. She had it done several times. I was just a small child but I remember the cups getting filled with her skin. She got some relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and possible Fibromyalgia pain (not known at that time).
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This always seems to be a chicken or the egg discussion for me. One school says that you are anxious or depressed and that causes digestive problems. The other side is your digestive/gut problems cause your anxiety or depression. I know that the vagus nerve runs from your brain to your gut so the pathway is there.

For me my gut bothers me 80% of the time. Having discomfort/pain affects my energy level and mood. There are some days that I wake up in the morning with no pain or discomfort and I feel like a different person in a very good way.
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Cupping is not that ancient, still used /done in many places, even hospitals (not only Chinese med) when meds don’t work well they use it to clear longs phlem, bronchitis, asthma pneumonia, etc..
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There are NO statistics that show cupping has any value what so ever. The placebo effect alone is over 30%, You could get pretty good effects treating painful muscles by kicking someone in their shins, creating pain elsewhere that distracts the senses from the original site of discomfort. In fact cupping may be just be a counter irritant, that could be replaced by “”counter irritants that sell over-the-counter.
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Looks like it worked in the Olympics. The people I see with the cup marks are winning.
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Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove"heat" and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues.
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I've tried cupping when visiting a holistic spa in New Mexico. Initially it is very uncomfortable but as time progressed it was quite relaxing.
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Looks like it worked in the Olympics. The people I see with the cup marks are winning.
I noticed Mike Phelps wasn't the only athlete with the brusing on them. I wonder if it contributes to winning though.
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After the session, I felt refreshed and energized and did not mind the bruises on my back. I was told to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated or I may feel sick. I drank as much water as possible before falling asleep Saturday. By Sunday, my back was a tad sore from the bruises, but I felt absolutely no pain where I usually wince. It’s often hard for me to relax my shoulder without experiencing neck pain, and I had no problem at all Sunday morning.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/throwing-shade/article95534312.html#storylink=cpy
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It is all in the mind. If you feel that it works for you and that it is shortening your recover time that is all that matters. Many of the healing rituals out there are based on belief. If you tell yourself you feel better you will more than likely feel better.
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So apart from a desired panacea, do people normally go for cupping to deal with muscle pain (or something like that)? Like instead of going for a massage you go for cupping?
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Cupping is all about circulation, bringing blood to areas that it doesn’t normally reach by sucking skin into a cup, which releases connective tissue underneath the skin that wraps around your muscles.
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Cupping is highly effective. When we are tense and tight, connective tissue begins to twist, but cupping allows the muscles to move freely without restriction. The practice relieves pain, provides a rejuvenating effect, and boosts the immune system.
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So apart from a desired panacea, do people normally go for cupping to deal with muscle pain (or something like that)? Like instead of going for a massage you go for cupping?
Research has shown that cupping can alleviate pain, including cancer pain. By targeting soft tissue with pressure applied to pain points and areas of swelling, cupping works to increase blood flow and send valuable nutrients and oxygen to tissues. And by using pressure, heat, and suctioning near the injury, practitioners tap into the meridians of the body, allowing energy to pass through the injury.
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Yeah absolutely! I've had it done - it can be painful especially over sensitive parts of your body.
While we know too much inflammation can cause health concerns within the body, a little inflammation is a good thing. A part of the body’s defense mechanism, it works to quicken the healing process of illnesses and injuries. Cupping works to draw blood to the affected area, enabling new blood vessels to be created to aid in healing.
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Research has shown that cupping can alleviate pain, including cancer pain. By targeting soft tissue with pressure applied to pain points and areas of swelling, cupping works to increase blood flow and send valuable nutrients and oxygen to tissues. And by using pressure, heat, and suctioning near the injury, practitioners tap into the meridians of the body, allowing energy to pass through the injury.
Thanks Bradley. I've never tried it but I have a colleague who likes to go... She always insist it helps back and neck pain. I have generally poor posture and sit for long hours, so maybe I should give it a try sometime.
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Cupping is all about circulation, bringing blood to areas that it doesn’t normally reach by sucking skin into a cup, which releases connective tissue underneath the skin that wraps around your muscles.
Thanks Samantha
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