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Benefits of cupping therapy at Hawaii Natural Therapy


Learn about the history and benefits of cupping therapy. Experience the best cupping therapy at Hawaii Natural Therapy!

History of Cupping Therapy:

Cupping therapy is one of the oldest known treatments for a variety of illnesses and pain. Cupping is historically linked to many ancient cultures; eldest being its mention in the medical textbook Ebers Papyrus, referencing this technique as early as 1550 B.C. Drawings of this therapy were uncovered in the Temple of Kom Ombo, one of the most ancient cities in Egypt. Cupping therapy was used in Egypt as an alternative medicine to break blood vessels and create better circulation to speed up healing of tissue. Egyptians used cupping to treat many ailments including but not limited to, pain, vertigo, menstrual imbalances, and weakened appetite. 

Greek medicine was influenced very early by Egyptians, as time progressed Greek medicine changed direction to view disease as a more natural phenomenon and soon would flourish the father of medicine known as Hippocrates. Hippocrates once wrote, “Sickness is not sent by the gods, find the cause, we can find the cure.”. Hippocrates advocated heavily for the benefits of cupping. It was through treating internal diseases such as angina, menstrual irregularities. 

Chinese tradition traces cupping back to its use in the Jin Dynasty by famous herbalist, Ge Hong. It was his belief that a combination of cupping and acupuncture could cure more than half of all illness. East Asian cultures believe that cupping therapy aids to balance the “Qi” in the body.

European countries adopted the practice of cupping some time between the 14th and 17th centuries to commonly treat arthritis and gout. Around the 18th century this technique was used by a great majority of European doctors for things like common colds and congestion. 

Throughout history the popularity of cupping has shifted around the world and remains to be used as an effective therapeutic tool. Learn more about cupping and what we offer at Hawaii Natural Therapy, below!

Cupping therapy with glass

What are the BENEFITS of Cupping Therapy? 

The benefits of cupping therapy have been widely explored over centuries in many different cultures. Evidence shows cupping can provide relief to a variety of illness and disease as stand alone treatment or in combination with other therapies; it is said that cupping can be applied on 1001 kinds of ailments.

Cupping Therapy is used treat:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor Circulation / High Blood Pressure
  • Sciatica
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Chronic Pain / Arthritis
  • Poorly Nourished Skin and Muscle Tissue
  • Headaches / Insomnia
  • Stagnant Lymph & Edema
  • Pre- and Post- Operative Conditions
  • Athletic Stress & Injury
  • Scars & Adhesions
  • Muscular Aches / Ulcers / IBS

In today's modern lifestyle, we struggle to remember that self-care, rest and even detox are important! Toxins build up in our bodies over time and can cause a variety of health problems from a simple headache to cancer. Cupping offers a release of these unwanted materials by boosting blood flow while focusing on specific areas. This therapy can help stimulate lymphatic drainage that carries away waste products and supports the health of your digestion and immune system. One of the most popular uses for this ancient technique involves increasing blood flow to your digestive tract, stimulating peristalsis (the contractions which push food through our intestines), and clearing any intestinal blockage.

Colds, bronchitis, and even asthma can be treated with cupping therapy. The suction from cups breaks up congestion by removing fluid that has built up in your lungs to clear out any infection or illness before it progresses. Cupping therapy will bring oxygen-rich blood and lymph towards the area where you need more circulation treating sinus issues and asthma.

The benefits to physical appearance can also be seen through  application of cupping to stretch marks and scars; this is not only effective but has also been shown time and time again in various studies. Additionally cupping can improve the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins. When the valves inside your veins aren't working properly, blood collects in these varicose areas. The flash becomes blue and swollen due to lack of oxygenation for longer periods than other parts of the skin and cupping helps bring fresh fluids back into circulation which will make any lightening effects last much longer. After one session you'll notice improvement, but to achieve lasting results, repeat treatment.

Cupping therapy with glass

Different Types of Cupping Therapy and Tools 

Over time cupping therapy has taken on different styles due to the geographic locations it was practiced. Additionally, the materials used changed throughout time and location. Depending on what was available locally, materials used for cupping varied from: bamboo, ceramic, silicon, metal, glass, animal horns and plastic. The cups on your skin make you feel as though they are gliding through the water.

Today we have many different types of cupping therapy, used to target different areas of the body and attack specific symptoms. 

  • Weak/light cupping: Treats common cold, sore throat, tonsillitis, asthma, anemia, fatigue, cancer patients, expectant mothers, etc.
  • Medium/tonifying cupping: Treats hot/cold ‘Bi” syndrome, stress, headache, sport injuries, tremors, etc.
  • Strong cupping: Suitable for all excessive heat (stomach, liver, dump-heat), hypertension, headache, boils, muscular cramps, sports injuries, etc.
  • Moving cupping (draining method): For children under 16 years old, the frail and elderly, lymphedema, edema, infertility, cosmetic cupping, immunity deficiency, cancer patients, etc.
  • Moving cupping (even method: For children under 16 years of age, old and frail patients, lymphedema, edema, infertility, cosmetic cupping, immunity deficiency, cancer patients, etc.
  • Needle cupping (draining method): Treats arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular stiffness, spasm or pain, sport injuries, etc.
  • Hot needle and moxa cupping: For tonifying, tonify yang, tonify qi and blood, contraindicated for children.
  • Bleeding (wet/full cupping): Treats acute hypertension, sports injuries, blood-poison, skin conditions (psoriasis), removing toxins and poison from bites and stings, insect bites, etc.
  • Herbal cupping: Suitable for asthma, emphysema, cough, digestive complaints, gastrointestinal complaints, male and female infertility, qi deficiency, etc.
  • Water cupping: Cools body, brings the pathogenic heat to the surface, sports injuries, etc.

Call us to ask about the styles of cupping therapy we offer at Hawaii Natural Therapy! (808) 200-4611.

Cupping therapy with silicone

Who Benefits from Cupping?

Cupping can be done by anyone, but there are some precautions and limitations in place depending on your age or health status. The majority (if not all) of healthy individuals will find cupping therapy beneficial. 

Who Shouldn’t Get Cupping?

Researchers know little about cupping’s effects on pregnancy; moms-to-be shouldn’t get this type of therapy. You should also forego cupping if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders like hemophilia
  • Blood clotting problems, such as deep vein thrombosis or history of strokes
  • Skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis
  • Seizures (epilepsy)

Cupping therapy has been proven world wide to have visible health benefits and create a balance within the body. If you haven’t experienced the smooth glide of cupping that will drift you into a deep relaxation, it's time to schedule your first session today! At Hawaii Natural Therapy we are your cupping specialists, visit one of our talented therapists for your service. Book online for a single or couples massage! Call us today to ask us for more information (808) 200-4611.