Cupping Is Not A New Thing

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An illustration from a Medical Textbook. Cupping  was practiced in 1694.

Cupping marks! They are nothing new to the world of lip plumping but they finally get a spotlight in the Rio Olympic games of 2016. These marks were spotted on Olympian Michael Phelps and other team USA athletes.

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The circular cupping marks may appear scarlet to blue and purple. These are the signature temporary side effect of ‘Cupping’.  Cupping is a form of ancient Chinese healing therapy (dating back to 1,500 BC) which uses fire or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps) to create  local suction on the skin. Let’s take a look at a fire cupping demonstration below. The vacuum under the glass cup causes the local skin to swell up.


Studies have shown that the suction strength of cupping can lift up to 8 layers of the skin. Proponents of cupping believe the action flushes out deep tissue toxins, realigns knotted/stressed tissues, increases mobilization of oxygenated blood and delivers the necessary nutrients to the affected areas. As a result, this method promotes speedy healing,  reduces inflammation, relieves pain,  and enhances muscle rejuvenation. Many athletes who practice Cupping therapy swear by it, saying it keeps them injury free and speeds recovery. Take a look at this video below. If you do not already know, Michael Phelps has been using Cupping therapy for many years. A source from CNN by Ralph Reiff (Olympic Athlete Care Director) stated that USA Olympic athletes and elite athletes have been using cupping for some 8 years now. Here is a recent video of Phelps showing his cupping marks.


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Live Cupping Session on Michael Phelps at Rio Olympic 2016- To see the video above follow this link: https://youtu.be/Xr37XaZE0ms
 

Alexander Naddour, a USA gymnnast, told USA today that he uses a do-it-yourself cupping kit from Amazon.
“That ‘s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy. It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”
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Image: Alexander Naddour
More on USA Team & Cupping 

Are cupping marks bruises?

Scientists do not know what cupping marks are. Many people mistakenly believe they are bursted blood vessels and capillaries. Proponents for Cupping therapy disagree. Why? There are attributes that suggest cupping marks may not be bruises:

1) They are not painful.
2) They do not follow the bruising healing cycle. Cupping marks do not turn green and yellow and they take as little as 2 to 4 days to clear.  Bruises take at least 2 weeks to heal. Read more here...
3) Some individuals do not get cupping marks regardless of the suction strength. According to CNN, “Do not worry about the cupping mark, they go away after 2 to 4 days.”
4)) When cupping is re-applied to the same area with the same duration and suction strength, the marks get lighter and lighter to non-existent after repeated treatments. If cupping marks were bruises, the accumulated injury of damaged capillaries from repeated assaults would be evident through increasingly severed discolorations.
6) If you have a bruise, cupping therapy will speed healing and help the body clear the bruises quicker.
7) The cupping marks can be erased in 95% of the people within 24 hours using a brush or a comb. Read more here…

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Cupping Therapy Is Making a Comeback

Today, Cupping therapy is used for lip rejuvenation, butts, genitals and breast enhancements. lip rejuvenation by CandyLipz has been is use for over 5 years and some other methods have been on the market for at least a decade if not longer.

Other Cupping Benefits

Cupping therapy is used as treatments for pain, herpes zoster (shingles), cellulite, acne, skin inflammation,  gastrointestinal diseases and facial paralysis.

Trivia on Facial Cupping! Facial cupping is used for the treatment of facial paralysis for decades. There are 17 known clinical trials. The studies used both dry cupping and wet cupping. Dry cupping is the method where  you just apply the suction cup to a local area to stimulate nerve and muscle agility functions. In wet cupping, the cupped areas are punctured with 10 to 20 needles before the suctioned cups are applied to the skin. The cupped areas will then allowed to bleed for 5 to 10 minutes before the cups are removed. With cupping, the temporary side effect is the cupping marks. And when you do wet cupping, there is a risk of getting an infection from the punctured sites. Now you know!

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