Cupping Therapy. A Bunch of Hooey?

This passed Labor Day weekend wasn’t a feel ‘amazing’ weekend for me.  Thanks to Advil, and prayer I made it through.  I was anxiously awaiting my acupuncture appointment today because I was getting cupped for the very first time!

Cupping Therapy What is Cupping?

cup·ping
noun
noun: cupping
  1. (in Chinese medicine) a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.

How does Cupping work?

Initially it pulls blood into an area. The tissues get saturated with fresh blood while the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. You can see this in the hickey like appearance that is typically left behind. You may very well look like you made out with an alien.  You may have a black and blue appearance that isn’t painful.

As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups the body will begin to develop new blood vessels.  This may be why cupping can cause a lasting effect. As the new vessels form they will have the capability to feed the tissues with nutrient and oxygen.

Something else happens early in this process as well. It is called sterile inflammation. Now many hear the word inflammation and think it is a bad thing. After all we take anti-inflammatory when there is pain and swelling so inflammation must be bad, right? But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Inflammation is the first line of healing. The body releases white blood cells, platelets, fibroblasts and other healing chemicals to promote healing. When the vacuum occurs it causes separation of the different layers of tissue which can cause micro trauma and tearing. The healing chemicals I mentioned above get released and stimulate healing.

My Experience

Some would say this is a bunch of hooey, and I admit, my eyes rolled on this form of Chinese medicine a few years back when I heard about it. However, let me let you on a little secret…..

When you have zero luck with Western Medicine, and refuse to go too far in their drug induced web, you start to look for other avenues, and depending on your desperation you try anything! Like Cupping, Acupuncture, NUCCA, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and some go to the best Physician out there, our God.  Which is where I have gained more strength from in my journey.

Not wanting to make this into a huge spiritual post, but I must give credit where credit is due. My God is amazing! My faith walk in all of this has grown tremendous leaps and bounds.  I am so thankful and joyful, many people don’t see how I could be joyful and thankful.  However, I say, start reaching out to God, and you too will be filled with so much love you will truly be amazed.

It’s like complaining doesn’t even exist in me any longer. Sure, I can get a fleeting thought of doom and despair; however I am so quick to turn that thought into something joyful and happy.  Your tongue can either bless you or curse you. What you say becomes your reality, and this girl refuses to live in a doom and despair reality.

I was a little unsure how it was going to feel. I mean, I went on WebMD and Googled like crazy.   I did my massive internet search, so I was already at Expertise Level in Cupping Therapy within 5 mins.

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It wasn’t bad, and actually pretty relaxing. Except I was laying on my boobs weird, and well that didn’t feel too hot. I didn’t know if I could move or not, so I stayed still for 15 mins trying to think of a white sandy beach, and a cute cabana boy taking my drink order.

On a serious note, I went in there with pressure and pain in the left side of my head to my ear.  Nagging and very familiar.  Almost immediately after placing the needles around my ears and the cups on my back, I was free from pain.  My constant drainage had also seized.  Praise God and Thank you, Dr. Baker at Balanced Body!

Towards the end of my session I became the weirdo client. I had strategically put my phone in my back pocket for a ‘cupping selfie’.  Since, I quickly realized it wasn’t very comfortable to move, I could not do my shame free selfie.  So, I did what any normal blogger would do who wanted to document their first cupping session.  I asked if the assistant would take my photo before she took off my torture devises.

Pride?  What pride?

She was happy to do it, and if I heard her right I was the first client to ever ask for her help in a cupping photoshoot.

Here I am in all my cupping glory!

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Cute huh?

I was welcomed with these horrifying photos when I decided to do my research on cupping therapy.

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Is there a body under all those cups?

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This dude looks like he wrapped himself in bubble wrap. Almost makes me want to push him down the stairs just to hear the popping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have any of my readers tried cupping?  How has it helped you?  Leave a comment I would love to hear from you!

Much Love,

BLOGSIGNATURE

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How to Get Rid of Bloating

How to Get Rid of BloatingBloating has been a part of my life since I went into puberty. Bloating is something no woman should have to endure. How can we feel sexy and powerful when we feel like a hot air balloon?  I can easily go from this size you see to the left, to looking like I’m 8 months preggo in no time. It’s embarrassing, and have actually, on occasion, been asked when the baby is due.

Ouch!

So, how to get rid of bloating…

I learned a neat trick that has helped me during my ‘fluffy’ stages.  Which usually occurs at different times of my cycle or after I eat a meal that does not agree with me.   I have used this a few times, and have seen great results from it and wanted to share it.

What you need:
Rock Salt like Morton’s Ice Cream Rock Salt
Pillow Case, cotton is best
Parchment Paper

Ok, so now what?

First, heat up the oven at 350.  DO NOT MICROWAVE

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Then you add parchment paper to a cookie sheet and add a lot of rock salt and spread it out over the cookie sheet without spilling over. Make sure you have enough to where you do not see the parchment paper.

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Heat for 15-25 mins.  The salt can cool off quickly so make sure you are ready to relax before getting it out of the oven.  I typically put it in the oven before I take my shower, then when I get out, I make some Peppermint tea and take out the salt.

When finished grab a cotton pillowcase.  Lay it on the counter, open.  Then I grab the parchment paper and carefully manuver it to what reminds me of a taco.  Then I dump the salt in the pillow case and tie the end.

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Keep it on your tummy till it is no longer warm.

Wala, you are done. Sit back, read a book, drink your tea and enjoy the warmth!

****WARNING!****
BE CAREFUL! This is HOT! Don’t be stupid. Use common sense.
DO NOT DO THIS WHEN PREGNANT! Your baby cannot cool off inside your tummy. Pregnancy is actually a great time to enjoy the bloat.  You don’t have to hid it.  Who cares, right?  You are having a baby!

Here’s my tips for you:

****Lay it on top of your comforter at first over your belly.  Then when it’s comfortable enough for you, remove the comforter and lay it on your tummy.

DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT DO THIS ON YOUR PERIOD!!!

If you do, you may never stop bleeding again! You have been warned!

You can reuse the rock salt for a few times before throwing away.  So far I have used one batch for about 5 uses. It’s about time for me to add some new in.

I drink Twinnings Pure Peppermint tea along with this treatment. Peppermint is wonderful for bloating, and the two together are like Ninja’s to the bloat!

What does this do?

It helps draw out access water that is in your system. I dunno the science behind it.  I just know it works and works well.

I hope you find relief with this as well.  If you have tried this, and liked it, tell me about it! I want to hear from you!

Much Love,

BLOGSIGNATURE