3 health effects of cupping
1. It can relieve muscle tension
During cupping, the skin and subcutaneous tissue are aspirated and the blood supply increases. Mechanical stretching of the skin and small blood vessels in the tissue and connective tissue can help relieve tension in the muscles by loosening and stretching the fascia that surrounds the muscles. Tied fascia impairs the functional elongation of muscle fibers and can trigger muscle tension and hardening. Such tensions are sometimes relieved by the suction power of the cupping heads.
2. It can stimulate the nervous system
The strong negative pressure in the cups not only stimulates blood circulation locally. The peripheral nervous system can also be stimulated. If nerve cells are stimulated by the negative pressure under the cupping vessels, the electric potential in the cell can change. The sodium ions then flow into the cell while the potassium ions leave. Such electrical changes sometimes trigger processes in nerve cells that repair disturbances in nerve cell function. In alternative medicine, cupping is therefore also used to treat nerve disorders and nerve-related pain.
3. Possible relief from inflammation
Increased local blood flow and mechanical stretching of certain areas of the skin and tissues can activate heme oxygenase. Heme oxygenase-1 is a protein that breaks down complex iron compounds in the body into iron ions and carbon monoxide. These degradation processes are extremely important in the formation of new blood vessels and in the inhibition of inflammatory processes. Local activation of the heme oxygenase-1 enzyme can therefore reduce inflammation. This could explain why people with chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism respond positively to cupping treatments.
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