Cupping Therapy - Traditional Chinese Technique [VIDEO]
Dating back 5,000 years, the therapy is a form of acupuncture, and is based on the idea that suct...
Dating back 5,000 years, the therapy is a form of acupuncture, and is based on the idea that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilises blood and energy around the body.
‘If someone is under stress, or they’ve suffered a physical trauma like a pulled shoulder, the energy in their body can become stagnated,’ explains Ian Stones, an acupuncturist in Farnham, Surrey, and member of the British Acupuncture Council, who has been practising cupping for six years.
‘Putting a suction cup on the body may cause the skin to constrict and there could be some increased blood flow, but the idea that this could treat any medical condition is laughable.
‘It’s utterly implausible and just another ingenious way of relieving the rich and gullible of their money.’
Unfortunately, he continues, too many people expect every ailment to be curable.
‘There are many medical conditions — back pain being one of them — that we can’t do much about, or even find out what the cause is. That’s sad, but spending thousands on something as daft as cupping won’t help.’
However, the researchers acknowledged that some of the studies in their review may have contained bias, and said more research was needed.
Acupuncturist Ian Stones says he has seen significant results from cupping, adding that the technique is almost always used as part of a larger package of acupuncture treatment, which could explain why there may not be substantial research on its effects as an isolated therapy yet.
However, Edvard Ernst, a leading professor of complementary therapy, has little time for such claims.
In his book Trick Or Treatment?