The Healing Art Of Cupping : Say Goodbye To Your Bad Health

Lesson 1: History of Cupping

Cupping is an ancient traditional healing method used in China which dated back from the year 281 AD. This ancient medical practice was originally used by the Taoists in the imperial courts of that era.

Where It Originated

Although history has shown cupping to be used in other civilizations, its first use was documented by a practicing Taoist, alchemist, and a medicinal herbalist named Ge Hong.

Ge Hong was famous during his time as an accomplished healer and a trusted confidante of many high officials in ancient China. He successfully applied cupping to treat a variety of diseases which couldn’t be cured by conventional methods in his time.

Here’s a quick fact: Back in the olden days, animal horns were used for cupping, which gave rise to its name as the medicinal horn technique of healing.

Back in the Qing and Tang Dynasty, cupping has been used to treat pulmonary tuberculosis, moxibustion, common colds, back pains, knotted nerves and muscles, and arthralgia. It has also been used for promoting general health and wellbeing among patients who could afford it.

In the modern day China and elsewhere in the world, common glass cups or even fine plastic cups have been used to replace its ancestral animal horns and bamboo. The type of cups has also evolved over time to suit the patients’ needs.

Besides China, cupping has been also found to be used in deep East Asian regions, especially in Northern China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula. Certain areas such as the Middle East use a similar method known as “Wet Cupping”.

Today, cupping has also been implemented widely in eastern and western cultures through the process of globalization.

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