Medical Cupping

What is Medical Cupping?

Cupping has successfully treated a broad range of medical conditions such as:

  • Musculoskeletal – Strain, Sprain, Spasm
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Endocrine Disease
  • Dermatological Conditions
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Psychosocial – Lethargy, Fatigue

We can now offer this treatment used by many pro athletes to our clients at the Biomechanix Clinic

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History of Chinese Cupping

The history of Chinese cupping dates back from 281 AD. It was an ancient Taoist medical practice widely used in the courts of Imperial China.

First recorded in the Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies by Ge Hong who was a practicing Taoist, alchemist, and a medicinal herbalist famous as an accomplished healer 

Researchers believe that cupping originally carried out with horn implements that were discovered in the deep East Asian regions, especially in Northern China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula.

The Qing Dynasty saw the emergence of other tools used for cupping. Such as with bamboo cups and ceramic pottery.  Cupping technique and acupuncture were integrated into a single session therapy where heated cups were placed over embedded acupuncture needles. It was also during these times that cupping was indicated for the treatment of common colds, back pains, knotted nerves and muscles, and arthralgia.

Medical Cupping Today

The modern technique of Chinese cupping uses glass and fine plastic cups. The basic principles and indications of cupping remain the same as was originally practiced in ancient China. 

Today plastic cups with suction tubes are the commonly used implements. Air is pumped out from the cups using the suction tubes thus providing modern practitioners more convenience. 

This ancient method has been proven enormously effective and is now utilised by many professional athletes including footballers and Olympian athletes, most notably swimmers who can often be seen with the trademark large red circles left after cupping adorning their skin. A clear indicator that medical cupping has reached the upper echelons of the sporting world.

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