Alternative medicine is defined as any form of medical treatment that is used in the place of traditional therapies or traditional and modern scientific medicine and practices. Alternative medicine claims to provide healing effects that other forms of medicinal therapy have not been proven to work. Alternative medicine is quickly growing in popularity as a way to promote the same healing properties that can be found in traditional medicine but without the risk of the same side effects.
- During a dry cupping session the alternative medicine practitioner places the glass therapy cup on the surface of the patient’s skin.
- The cup creates a vacuum or suction. The skin will rise into the cup and will begin to redden. Typically, these glass/plastic or silicone cups are set in place for up to three minutes at a time. But some treatments require longer times and can last up to twenty minutes.
- Dry cupping produces a low amount of pressure. The cups are better suited for use on the softer tissue so that a secure and tight seal is allowed against the skin. The skin may also be lubricated so that the cups can be moved around from one area to a larger area.
- During massage cupping, the alternative medicine practitioner can move the cups around and glide them across your skin, this technique being recognized as a form of massage therapy. Massage Cupping has also been used for weight loss and cellulite reduction. Silicone therapy cups are more typically used for this form of cupping therapy because these therapy cups are softer and more flexible which makes it easier for the practitioner to glide them across the patient’s body.