For thousands of years, cupping therapy has been used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners as part of their holistic treatment for various health disorders including skin disease such as eczema. If you suffer from eczema, it may be worth your while to know more about this form of treatment as it may be the best remedy you can find for your skin problem.
Just like acupuncture, Cupping therapy has been used by ancient Chinese medicine practitioners for ages to treat a myriad of physical, emotional, psychological, and even spiritual maladies. It involves the use of suction balls at the end of glass or plastic cups placed against your skin to create a vacuum. The vacuum generates congestion locally, suctions up the skin, and dilates the energy vessels called meridians in your body. Meridians, according to TCM, are the channels from which vital energy known as Chi enters and circulates within the body. Illnesses and diseases arise when the meridian channels are blocked. Cupping therapy can dilate and open up the meridians to help accelerate recovery and bring about healing.
Apparently, the skin can benefit tremendously from Cupping therapy. It can stimulate the skin tissues which can help release the toxins in your body. The process of detoxification can also boost the health of your varicose veins since it prevents potential blood clotting in the veins, capillaries, and arteries. But perhaps, the most important thing about cupping therapy is that it stimulates the lymphatic system, the system that creates the antibodies that help prevent and combat diseases.
That being said, we can also use cupping therapy as an ideal alternative healing modality for the cure of eczema and other skin conditions such as boils. The reason for its potency is that this technique has the ability to eliminate the pathogens that victimize the skin – the same pathogens that can set off an eczema flare-up. This technique also boosts blood flow and increases its purification. There are certain theories stating that certain forms of eczema are the result of issues related to blood circulation. In this regard, Cupping may just be the ideal answer that can completely cure eczema.
During a cupping therapy procedure, the glass or plastic cups are placed on specified pressure points on your body. For the treatment of eczema, the points used are found on various parts of the body including right above the ankle, at the upper edge of your spinal cord, just under your kneecap, and near your navel. When the glass or plastic cups are placed in these areas, it induces a deep sense of relaxation and calmness. This is exactly what you would experience when you undergo cupping therapy. The feeling can be so relaxing that a lot of people fall asleep during the procedure and wake up feeling extremely reinvigorated and refreshed.
Cupping therapy is an ideal alternative treatment for eczema and is definitely worth trying. Unfortunately, Western conventional medicine has no real cure for eczema which makes cupping therapy even more worth considering. Right now, doctors can only relieve the discomfort that eczema brings by using ways that are actually ineffective. Other than that, they will give you no assurances that compete healing would occur. Since your doctor can only address the symptoms of your eczema and not its underlying cause, the outbreaks will keep on reoccurring. The best way to cure yourself of eczema is to combine the therapeutic benefits of alternative therapies with Western conventional modes of treatment.
Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.