Cupping is known for many things. For providing relaxation, pain relief, removing toxins and quicken the healing process of various injuries. But, what about cholesterol? What are the benefits of cupping for high cholesterol? That’s what you are going to learn here. Just read on.
Cupping and Cholesterol
High level of cholesterol causes many health issues. From high blood pressure to deadly heart attack or failure. This is why a high level of cholesterol is dangerous. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the level of cholesterol. One of them is cupping.
How Cholesterol Causes Problems
The buildup of cholesterol in blood vessels hinders the blood from flowing freely. This buildup, known as plaque, clogs the blood vessels. If there is too much plaque, it can cause the blood from flowing entirely. This is what leads to deadly heart attack or heart failure.
Why Is It a Better Alternative?
Not unlike many health issues, high level of cholesterol is treated with conventional medication. The problem with this is that conventional medicine may have adverse effects on the patients. For instance, headaches, fatigue, nausea or dry coughs.
Cupping, on the other hand, has little to no side effects if performed properly. You may feel slight pinching sensation during the session and left with bruise marks after. But that’s all about it. The pinching sensation will be gone after the therapy. So are the bruise marks. This is why cupping for high cholesterol is a better alternative.
How Cupping Is Done
There are two types of cupping: dry and wet. If the purpose is to lower cholesterol, wet cupping is the better option. Below is the procedure of how wet cupping is done.
In wet cupping, first cups are placed on the patient’s skin. After a few minutes, the areas where the cups are placed on will be bruised. At this point, the therapist will then use scalpel or needle to prick the areas. This is done to allow toxins and other impurities to flow out.
Next, another set of cups are placed on the areas which will draw more toxins and impurities. After the session is done, the therapist will apply antiseptic on the patient’s back to quicken the healing process.
Cupping Points for High Cholesterol
Cupping can be done in many places on the body. However, there may be specific points to treat specific conditions. For instance, to treat plantar fasciitis cupping is done on the feet. For detoxification, it is done on the back and so on.
Below are the cupping points for high cholesterol.
• Two points on the back
• Inner thigh
• Outer parts of the knees
• Below the knees
Now, how does cupping reduce cholesterol?
How Cupping Works
Now, about how wet cupping cholesterol works. Cupping works by allowing the blood to flow freely. This is achieved due to the negative pressure (or suction) applied by the cups. This negative pressure draws not only the skin but also the tissues underneath up.
As a result, any blockage inside the blood vessels is removed. Of course, this includes cholesterol. Since cholesterol is now unclogged, the body internal detoxification will remove it from the body.
Taking wet cupping sessions can help to lower a patient’s total cholesterol as well as improve the ratios of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol).
Cupping increases the level of HDL while at the same time lowering the level of LDL. A patient’s lipid profile may also improve as well.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
That depends on how bad the situation is. That said, most therapists are likely to recommend at least two sessions with 4 weeks in-between gap. In many cases within 3 months, a patient will be able to see positive results.
If the cupping is done by a professional therapist, a patient will get the best results with minimal side effects, if any. The results here are an improvement in HDL and LDL ratio and lipid profile. As for the side effects: bruises, burns, and infection. However, assuming your cupping session is done by a professional, burns and infection will not occur while the bruises will disappear in a few days.
So, is cupping effective for cholesterol? Yes, it is. High level of cholesterol leads to many unwanted problems. Fortunately, you can reduce cholesterol level with cupping. Moreover, unlike conventional medication, cupping has little to no side effects to the patient, which is great. If you have a high level of cholesterol, you should try it sometimes.