Brief History of Cupping

Cupping therapy is an ancient and universal method. Practiced in various cultures for more than 5,000 years, the concept of cupping treatment has numerous variations and methods. Records show cupping therapy as a therapeutic tool in Ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern times, and China. Traditional Chinese medicine integrates cupping in numerous treatments. it was originally called horn therapy due to the use of cattle horns for the cups where the practitioner would use his mouth to physically suck the air out from the top of the horn, creating the negative pressure. 

In the primitive shamanistic practices of the world’s indigenous peoples, certain shamans would suck the illness and infirmity from the body with horn cups. In China, cupping is applied to the acupuncture points to relieve the stagnation of Qi and blood, both locally and in the organ(s) activated by the point. In Egypt, wet cupping is popular where skin is punctured and the suction removes foreign matter from the body. Among the ancient Egyptians, cupping appears to have been considered a remedy for almost every type of disease as well as an important means of preserving life.

Cupping Therapy has been a popular treatment in Asia, Finland, and the Middle East for centuries. While it has not been a popular Western medical practice, since 2016, it has become a treatment that clients are seeking in the United States and is labeled as an alternative therapy.