Cupping Therapy vs. Acupuncture - Which Treatment Should You Choose?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Both cupping therapy and acupuncture have their origins in China. Cupping therapy and acupuncture have been used for thousands of years to treat a multitude of different conditions and experts believe that acupuncture and cupping therapy were first used 8,000 and 3,000 years ago respectively. Of course, both acupuncture and cupping therapy are much different now than they were in the past.

Today, acupuncture is a pain-free process performed by inserting very thin needles into the skin. Research shows that acupuncture is effective at treating a variety of different conditions including lower back pain, knee pain, neck pain, nausea, headaches, and depression. During acupuncture heat and electrical impulses may be used to activate the needles. During cupping therapy a therapist will place special cups on the patients skin to create suction. Like acupuncture, cupping can be used to treat pain. According to the British Cupping Society, cupping therapy can also be used to treat blood disorders, high blood pressure, skin problems, arthritis, and migraines.

There are certainly many similarities between the two treatments. The main goal of both of the treatments is to encourage the body's natural healing properties and to relieve pain by mobilizing blood flow to the affected area. Both treatments are quick and effective and can be used to treat a long list of different medical conditions and health problems.

The popularity of cupping has increased dramatically especially amongst athletes.
The main difference between the two therapies is that acupuncture, as the name implies, actually punctures the skin. Because of the small size of the needles used for acupuncture, acupuncturists can place needles in many different areas, including the knees and face. While cupping therapy is one of the fasting growing alternative treatment methods on the planet, many acupuncture and cupping practitioners recommend partnering cupping therapy with acupuncture to get the best of both worlds. Even if you are a perfectly healthy individual with no injuries or medical conditions you should consider both of these treatments.

References

Cupping Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/cupping-therapy#2


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