There are many people who choose to get alternative therapies to prevent or cure their illness. Two of the most sought-after therapies are cupping and acupuncture. The questions are: Does cupping acupuncture combination work? If it does, what kind of benefits will you get from it?
If you want to know the answers, read on. We will tell you the answers as well as explain the effects of the combination of cupping and acupuncture. Let’s know what the therapy is all about first, shall we?
How Cupping Acupuncture Work
Both cupping and acupuncture work by removing the obstructions inside the body so that the patient’s energy can flow freely. By doing this, both therapies heal the patient. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into certain points on the body. The purpose is to stimulate blood flow.
On the other hand, cupping involves negative pressure to create suction on certain points on the body. These points can be the same as acupuncture’s points although are not limited to it. The purpose is still the same: stimulating blood flow.
When the blood flow is stimulated, the blood that is flowing into the affected areas comes with fresh oxygen and nutrients. As a result, the affected areas will be repaired and cured of damage and illness. Also, the therapies also boost the lymph flow which carries away impurities (cell debris, toxins, and other waste). Thus, the area is cleansed from those impurities.
How Cupping Acupuncture Is Performed
As we mentioned earlier, acupuncture is performed by inserting needles into specific areas while cupping involves creating a negative pressure inside small cups that are attached to the patient’s body. The cups in cupping are made of glass, wood, horns, bamboo and medical grade silicone. A session of acupuncture and cupping typically lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes.
There are two ways to do cupping. Namely, dry and wet cupping. Dry cupping involves the creation of negative pressure to induce suction. In some cases, dry cupping is combined with other therapies. For example, with massage and acupuncture. With massage, the cupping process will involve the use of essential oils before the cups’ application on to the skin. With acupuncture, the needles are inserted prior to the cups’ application.
Wet cupping, on the other hand, involves not only negative pressure but also incisions. The suction will draw the blood out of the affected areas. The blood that comes out is the blood that contains cell debris, toxins as well as other pathogens.
Acupuncture and cupping can be done separately. However, sometimes a therapist might suggest combining the two. In this case, the therapist will put needles into the affected area, followed by putting cups on the area and create a vacuum.
Cupping Acupuncture Combination
As with acupuncture, cupping is done on specific areas. These specific areas include the areas where acupuncture is performed (following the meridian lines), albeit the application of the cups is limited to these areas.
When used with acupuncture, the application of the cups follows the meridian lines on the back. There are five meridian lines on the back where the cups will be placed. By following these meridian lines, cupping therapy will help to relax and align energy (known as qi in Chinese) and target certain illnesses.
When cupping is targeting the meridian lines, it will remove obstacles in these lines. As a result, energy will be able to flow freely throughout the patient’s whole body.
Cupping Use Acupuncture Point Benefits
Separately, cupping and acupuncture already provide many benefits. But what if the two are combined? The fact is that when the two are combined, the benefits have been proven to become greater. Here are conditions that cupping acupuncture combination can treat
- Tight Muscle
- Respiratory issues such as colds, flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia
And here are the benefits
- Improving digestion
- Work as a pain relief from pain related to injuries
- Promoting skin health
So, does cupping therapy work? Can cupping and acupuncture work together? Absolutely. In fact, cupping acupuncture combination can bring lots of benefits, even better than when they are used separately. Other than the common benefits of the two, such as relaxation, losing tight muscles and pain relief, the combination can also treat depression, anxiety, and respiratory issues to name a few.