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Today, the most popular forms of cupping are Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping and Modern Massage Cupping.

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Chinese medicine uses many modalities of healing; acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and diet therapy make up the most commonly used and Chinese medicine cupping is gaining in popularity. Maybe some of you saw the photo a few years ago of Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet with a backless dress and cupping marks all up her spine? Or more recently, Michael Phelps at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Phelps cupping marks made many headlines both TV and in Print and created a Cupping Craze in the USA. Sometimes it takes a little popular culture to remind us of ancient ways of healing!

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Chinese medicine uses many modalities of healing; acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and diet therapy make up the most commonly used and Chinese medicine cupping is gaining in popularity. Maybe some of you saw the photo a few years ago of Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet with a backless dress and cupping marks all up her spine? Or more recently, Michael Phelps at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Phelps cupping marks made many headlines both TV and in Print and created a Cupping Craze in the USA. Sometimes it takes a little popular culture to remind us of ancient ways of healing!

The earliest record of cupping is in the Bo Shu (an ancient book written on silk), which was discovered in a tomb of the Han Dynasty. Several other ancient texts mention Chinese medicine cupping. Several centuries later another famous medical classic, Su Sen Liang Fang, recorded an effective cure for chronic cough and the successful treatment of poisonous snake bites using cupping therapy.

Through several thousand years of accumulated clinical experience, the clinical applications of cupping have become increasingly wide. Now Chinese medicine cupping is used to treat arthritic symptoms, asthma, the common cold, chronic cough, indigestion problems and some skin conditions.

There is a saying in China: “Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured.” Zhao Xue Ming, a doctor practicing more than 200 years ago, compiled a book entitled Ben Cong Gang Mu She Yi, in which he describes in detail the history and origin of different kinds of cupping and cup shapes, functions and applications.

Today, as more people (including Paltrow and Phelps) seek alternative therapies to deal with their health problems, the use of traditional Chinese medicine, including cupping is increasing. Much of the cupping equipment and methods used today are exactly the same as they were in ancient times. Some electronic or mechanized pumps, plastic and silicone cups have been invented, but to a great extent the majority of people practicing cupping today are using horn, bamboo, glass cups, plastic or silicone cups. One reason that cupping techniques remain the same as in ancient times is due to the fact that, with the exception of a handful of acupuncture practitioners, cupping is generally practiced in rural area where no or very little modern medicine is available.

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Cupping has been documented as far back as over 5000 years ago. Cupping Writings of the Egyptians from 1500BC were discovered.  The Egyptians are credited with sharing cupping to the Greeks and then cupping spread to the Europeans, Middle East, Americans, Russians and to China. Not necessarily in that order.

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Modern Massage Cupping is a newer popular treatment in Clinics and in Homes. 

Modern healthcare workers have popularized cupping with an allopathic or Western approach to cupping and is called modern massage cupping. It has been stated that a few minutes of massage cupping equals a half hour of deep tissue massage. How does this happen? The negative pressure of Cupping separates the layers of the tissue one by one allowing for space in between the tissues which causes a flushing out of old debris allowing rehydration to the area.  Modern Massage Cupping has techniques whereas to increase collagen and elastin resulting in a tightening, lifting or plumping of the skin and tissue.  The cups are also used by applying suction and gently moving the cups around relieving myofascial, trigger point and muscular pain.  Lymph can be moved by suction cupping and fascial adhesions can be mended.

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There are several techniques developed for cellulite reduction, facelifting, collagen stimulation, muscle spasm relief, lymphatic drainage, myofascial stretching and more.

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