Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. "Cupping therapy is a treatment in which the practitioner creates suction in a cup. But cupping is most commonly used to treat pain, according to the analysis. Always looking for methods to naturally improve health and performance, more athletes have turned to cupping. In a Tang Dynasty book, Necessities of a Frontier Official, cupping was prescribed for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar disorder. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly. The procedure came with strict rules and restrictions, with cuts only being made at specific points on the body. Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. Most published studies, however, focus on wet cupping, which is a form of medicinal bleeding. Those circles are the end product of a healing technique called cupping. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. A potion with a new purpose – A study in 2015 found that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion pictured for eye infections was effective in fighting the modern-day superbug MRSA . They may be used singly or with many to cover a larger area. In recent years, cupping therapy has been used for people suffering all sorts of ailments including shingles, facial paralysis, cough and difficulty breathing and acne. The cup is removed from the skin by pressing the skin on one side, allowing some outside air to enter and thus equalise the pressure. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD. Massage oil is applied to the skin prior to the cups being placed, which allows the cups to glide easily over the surface of the skin.
To get a treatment, he says, seek a licensed acupuncturist. Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases especially chronic cough and asthma, and paralysis, although it does have application for other problems. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. When cupping or gum aha is used on children, it is not uncommon for well-meaning childcare providers to mistake the markings as child abuse.