Can Cupping Promote Healing and Pain Relief?
Cupping involves applying heated glass or plastic cups to specific areas of the skin in a way that creates suction to restore the flow of blood and energy, or qi, and stimulate healing. “By creating a vacuum inside the cup, using heat or suction, it draws the skin and layers of muscle into the cup, which allows [the technique] to break up muscle knots and bruising that’s not visible.” Charles Kim, an acupuncturist and assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine and anesthesiology at the NYU School of Medicine, Rusk Rehabilitation, who uses cupping for pain. Cupping involves applying heated glass or plastic cups to the skin to help restore the flow of blood and energy, or qi, and promote healing. “It’s a counter irritant that creates more healing to the area we’re addressing.” In a 2011 study from China, after people with fibromyalgia had daily cupping sessions for 15 days, their pain symptoms and the number of tender points they had decreased considerably, effects that lasted for two additional weeks. More recently, a 2013 study from India found that when people with osteoarthritis of the knee had 11 cupping treatments over a 15 day period, they gained significant relief of pain, swelling and stiffness, results that were comparable to taking 650 milligrams of acetaminophen three times a day, according to the researchers.
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