Cupping.arks are the new k-tape. Olympians at Rio have taken to cupping -- an ancient therapy that have mostly been used in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, especially China. It was about 10 years ago when cupping first appeared in the tabloids. Cupping is frequently used to treat early stage colds and flu, trauma, and muscle pain, especially in the back and shoulders. Trepanation – Dating back before ancient Roman and Greek times, according to Totelin, holes were drilled into human skulls to relieve a range of ailments from migraines to head injuries. Sometimes, a small amount alcohol is put in the cup and lit; this method is called dijiufa alcohol-fire cupping. What are the different types of cupping? It is believed by practitioners of ACM that disease is due to stagnation or blocked chi and cupping will unblock and realign chi, thereby restoring health. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes. However, Professor Eduard Ernst of the department of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter says that cupping could cause burns. Rubber cups are also available that squeeze the air out and adapt to uneven or bony surfaces. citation needed In practice, cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 BC. These meridians are pathways in the body which the energy of life called Qi “chi” flows through. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin. For example, hold a cotton ball dipped in alcohol with a pincer, ignite it, hold it in the cup, then rapidly apply to the skin; this is called shanhuofa flash-fire cupping; see Figure 2 .
In a Tang Dynasty book, Necessities of a Frontier Official, cupping was prescribed for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar disorder. The cups may be made of such things as wood, bamboo, plastic, glass, or metal. Wet cupping combines an acupuncture technique called bleeding with cupping.