Thursday, May 7, 2015

A History of Cupping Therapy

How and when cupping therapy was first used is lost in the mist of history. It has been mentioned in many cultures. The ancients used hollowed out animal horns, bones, bamboo, seashells and gourds for cupping instruments. Later pottery and metal cups were used before glass was developed. In China cupping was used to draw evil spirits out of the body and in Europe it was used to balance humors. 

Cupping was used in Egypt 3,500 years ago and the earliest record of cupping was described by Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.). In ancient Greece Hippocrates used cupping for a number of ailments. Other ancient physicians like Galen (131-200 A.C.), Paracelsus (1493-1541), Ambrose Pare (1509-90) and Charles Kennedy (1826) also used cupping. 

In China a great deal of research on cupping has been done that goes back for thousands of years.  It is still used in China today. Women healers around the world have historically used suction to purge, stimulate and heal. By the mid 1800's Western medicine was becoming prominent and focused on treatment from inside the body rather external treatments.

Cupping has remained popular in many cultures over the years and in more recent years cupping has made a comeback in the Western culture. It has become increasingly popular due to it's natural benefits. There is scientific evidence that it is a useful way to treat many disorders. Cupping is often combined with acupuncture and massage. 

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