It was the cold season …
I remember it was winter and I was 6 years old. I was feeling very bad. My dry coughs didn’t let me sleep well. I got a cold.
My parents weren’t used to treat me with pills, so they tried fire cupping.
I was lying on the bed. My dad prepared the cups. Warmed the cups with a burning wadding, removed the oxygen from the inside of the cup and immediately placed them on my back.
It wasn’t scary. I even enjoyed it.
I recommend watching this video demonstration of fire cupping by Eric Kerr.
In China, cupping is used for high Yang issues such as bronchitis, coughs and colds. The Chinese think that these symptoms mean that there is too much Yang in the body. Through the fire cupping they generally believe that some of the Yang factor can be removed so that the Yin and Yang balance can be restored.
Cupping therapy: to be or not to be?
Even if there are many positive experiences with cupping therapy (including my own experience), there’re still many looking for scientifically proven facts that’ll prove the effectiveness of cupping therapy.
There is nothing wrong with that. There is no alternative treatment that’ll fit everybody. What works for somebody may not work for others.
I’ll try to break this skepticism by bringing these 3 arguments:
- Don’t use cupping to treat the illness, use it to prevent the illness
Most people use alternative treatments as a way of relieving some sort of emotional disorders like depression, stress or anxiety and physical pain. It creates the perception that these treatments are used to treat illnesses.
But here is the problem: in order to get more out of alternative treatments, you can’t rely on them when you are already sick. You have to use them as preventive measures.
Check out the bruises after cupping on the back of this Chinese Olymic swimmer. Here is another web page where you can see swimmers with bruises after cupping on their back.
Do you think Olympians treat some kind of disease just before the competition? Of course not! I’m more than sure they’re in their best shape.
Why Olympians use cupping when they’re in their best shape?
- Pills or cupping?
Pills are known to treat the symptoms of the disease, but they don’t treat the root of the problem. Besides that most pills are chemicals and you can’t use them as a preventive measure.
On the other hand regular use of cupping, acupuncture, massages and other alternative treatments helps in maintaining the body in a healthy state. Keep the balance between your mind and body which is the right thing to do to prevent you from getting sick.
Isn’t that smart?
- Historical recognition vs scientific evidence
Criticism surrounded cupping and western practitioners declined this treatment throughout its history. Western science and medicine was looking to discredit eastern practices because there was no scientific backing to what was being performed.
However, this didn’t stop the progress of Chinese Medicine and other eastern medicinal therapies in other parts of the world.
If cupping wasn’t as valuable as it is, it would’ve had a short life span. Just the fact that cupping is actively used today and promoted by practitioners proves its effectiveness.
I’d like to tell you, that you don’t have to try cupping until you are 100% sure of its effectiveness.
You care about your well-being and you carefully choose your health treatments.
Now, let’s be honest.
You can’t wait for the world to give you expertise. Create your own.
It means actually trying cupping on your self and see how it feels, how your body reacts to it, what are the side-effects.
Some of the benefits can’t be explained in words. It just feels right.
Give it a try.
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