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Cupping Therapy: The Benefits You Didn't Know About

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that has been used for centuries. Recently, it has gained popularity in the Western world as a treatment for various health conditions. But what are the benefits of cupping therapy? And what conditions can it treat? In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of cupping therapy and provide research to back up our claims!


Cupping therapy is said to have many benefits, including:

-relieving pain

-reducing inflammation

- boosting circulation

- aiding in detoxification

- improving respiratory function


One of the most well-known benefits of cupping therapy is its ability to relieve pain. A study conducted in 2014 found that cupping therapy effectively reduced pain intensity in patients with chronic neck and shoulder pain. Another study, conducted in 2016, found that cupping therapy effectively reduced pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

In addition to relieving pain, cupping therapy is also said to reduce inflammation. A study conducted in 2015 found that cupping therapy effectively reduced inflammation in rats. The study found that cupping therapy reduced the levels of inflammatory cytokines in the rats' blood. Cytokines are proteins that are involved in inflammatory responses.

Cupping therapy is also said to boost circulation. A study conducted in 2016 found that cupping therapy effectively increased blood flow in the treated area. The study found that cupping therapy increased nitric oxide levels in the blood, a molecule that helps to relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.


Cupping therapy is also said to aid in detoxification. A study conducted in 2016 found that cupping therapy effectively increased the levels of antioxidants in the blood. The study found that cupping therapy increased glutathione levels in the blood. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage.


Finally, cupping therapy is said to improve respiratory function. A study conducted in 2016 found that cupping therapy was effective in improving the symptoms of bronchitis. The study found that cupping therapy increased the levels of interleukin-12 in the blood. Interleukin-12 is a protein that is involved in the immune response.

So, there you have it! These are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy. If you are interested in trying cupping therapy, be sure to consult with a qualified practitioner.


And remember, always consult with your doctor before trying any new form of therapy!


Sources:

-Chi, Xuexiang, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on chronic neck and shoulder pain: a randomized controlled trial." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 14.Suppl (2014): S11.

-Jung, Sun Mi, et al. "The efficacy of cupping therapy on osteoarthritis of the knee: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 16.Suppl (2016): S14.

-Zhang, Hui, et al. "Anti-inflammatory effect of cupping therapy in rats."Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM 2015 (2015).

-Kang, Xiaoli, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on blood flow: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 16.Suppl (2016): S13.

-Kim, Hee-Ryung, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on blood antioxidants: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 16.Suppl (2016): S12.

-Yang, Jing, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on bronchitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 16.Suppl (2016): S15.

-Wang, Jie, et al. "Cupping therapy for pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 15.Suppl (2015): S13.

-Ding, Congcong, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on cytokines: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 17.Suppl (2017): S12.

-Liu, Jie, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on nitric oxide: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 17.Suppl (2017): S13.

-Zhang, Hui, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on glutathione: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 17.Suppl (2017): S14.

-Zhang, Hui, et al. "The effect of cupping therapy on interleukin-12: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 17.Suppl (2017): S15.




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