One.f the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the beers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. Variations of this treatment were used by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in other Asian and European countries. “It was seen as a sign of the body healing itself by getting fluids out,” says Stein. Among its key ingredients was ox gall bile from a cow's stomach -- perhaps not the nicest thing to rub in your eye, but far more pleasant than many of the grisly treatments from medicine's murky past. But that’s not proven. Massage oil is applied to the skin prior to the cups being placed, which allows the cups to glide easily over the surface of the skin. In the 20th century arsenic was used in the first antibiotic treatment acupuncture against syphilis, known as salvarsan, which was considered a magic bullet in the fight against the disease. The sliding cups technique is traditionally performed on large muscle groups of the back to treat pain and muscle spasms . Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. To get a treatment, he says, seek a licensed acupuncturist. Medical Author: Mimi Guarneri, MD, FCC, ABIHM Dr. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone. Three thousand years ago, in the earliest Chinese documentation of cupping, it was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.
Massage oil may been applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups e.g. trapezium, erectors, latisimus dorsi, etc. in an act called “moving cupping”. Both liquid cupping and cupping over an acupuncture needle are favoured for treatment of arthralgia. The cup is removed by pressing the skin alongside it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it. A photo posted by Alex Naddour @alex_naddour on Former U.S. It should be noted that cupping is not be used on patients who bleed easily and/or cannot stop bleeding, have skin ulcers, or enema.