Benefits of Cupping

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Benefits Of Cupping

1. Improves Blood Flow

 
al-hijamah blood flow
 

Cupping can improve the flow of qi (pronounced Chi) and blood. R R R

For example, in smokers wet cupping can increase oxygen levels in the blood. R

It may help with arrhythmias and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). R

Wet cupping can improve heart rate variability (HRV). R

In clinical practice, cupping is often used to lower blood pressure and relieve symptoms of hypertension, such as headaches and anxiety, although the evidence is not overwhelmingly strong. R R

It may also headaches, migraines, and fainting. R R R

Through the shifting of blood, cupping can help discharge waste materials. R

For example, wet cupping (with scratching) is able to remove toxic metabolites in the blood of those with angina. R

The blood found in wet cupping has higher levels of Myeloperoxidase (MPO), so removing it from the body reduces oxidative stress. R

Wet cupping and Al-Hijamah may be useful for reducing high levels of iron (hyperferremia and thalassemia), increasing HDL cholesterol levels, and lowering LDL levels, triglycerides, and uric acid in the blood. R R R

2. Reduces Inflammation And Improves The Immune System

Al-hijamah is able to modulate the immune system and improve autoimmune disease. R

It may be beneficial for: R

  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Cold Agglutinin Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Goodpasture’s Syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Lupus
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma

By reducing inflammation, cupping can help with autoimmune problems such as gout. R

In arthritis, wet cupping can increase natural killer (NK) cells and reduce IL-2 receptor (IL2R) activity and rheumatoid factor (RF) levels. R

Although, moving the cups around may lower NK cell count (temporary). R

When combined with laser acupuncture, cupping can reduce cortisol levels. R

3. May Improve Lung Function

In case studies, cupping has been able to improve coughs, trouble breathing (dyspnea), and asthma. R R

4. Combats Pain

 
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Cupping has shown in multiple studies to reduce pain and improve quality of life by its ability to increase endorphins and heat-shock proteins. R R R R

In a randomized placebo controlled trial, cupping was able to reduce overall pain and improve quality in life in patients with Fibromyalgia (FM). R

In those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), coiling dragon needling and moving cupping therapy was superior to Prednisone in improving symptoms. R

It can improve:

  • Acute Trigeminal Neuralgia R
  • Arthritic Pain R R
  • Body Pain (in Fibromyalgia) R
  • Cancer Pain R
  • Cervical Radiculopathy R
  • Cervical Spondylosis R
  • Exercise-Induced Pain and Recovery R
  • Foot Pain R
  • Lower Back Pain R R R
  • Muscle Tenderness R
  • Neck Pain R R R
  • Pain After Childbirth R
  • Toothaches R

By reducing fatigue, and improving appetite, sleep quality and platelet count, cupping is able to improve the quality of life in patients with chronic renal failure on dialysis. R

5. Improves Muscle Funtion 

Dry cupping therapy and electrical stimulation therapy were both able to reduce pain and increase function of the foot in those with Plantar Fasciitis (PF). R

Cupping may also help increase range of motion. R

6. Helps With Nausea

Dry cupping before surgery was able to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting in laparoscopic cholecystectomy patients. R

7. Helps With Herpes Virus

Cupping opens the pores of the skin, helps the removal of pathogens through the skin itself. R 

In numerous studies, wet cupping has shown to be significantly better than medications at treating herpes zoster. R R

8. Facial Paraylsis

Cupping can improve loss of facial movement due to nerve damage. R

9. May Improve The Skin And Hair

 
 

Cupping can improve acne. R

It can also help with epithelial grafts for the management of resistant localized vitiligo. R

In case studies, wet cupping has helped with treatment of psoriasis, although negative results have been reported in other studies (see caveats). R

Also in case studies, honey + cupping helped with ulcers in arthritis patients. R

It can also helps with genital ulcers in Bechet’s Disease. R

Cupping may help with hair density. R

For example, the use of negative pressure (mechanism by which cupping works) can increase the number of hair follicles and increase the thickness of epidermis section of tissue, cell proliferation and vessel density. R

10. Insomnia And Narcolepsy

Cupping combined with acupuncture can improve sleep. R

It may also help with narcolepsy. R

11. May Improve Digestion

Cupping may improve digestion and improve appetite. R

It may be useful for constipation. R

For example, in children dry cupping was as effective as standard laxative therapy in relieving constipation. R

12. May Help With Weight Loss

In a pilot study, women receiving dry cupping were had decreased amounts of cellulite as cupping could enhance lymph drainage. R