I have a couple of subscribers to my regular eczema newsletter writing to me about Cupping therapy. Their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have advised them to try out Cupping therapy for eczema as part of their holistic treatment. While it is too early to report if the therapy has helped them, I proceeded to find out more about this practically unknown (at least to most of us) form of treatment.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Chinese healing, just like acupuncture is. It is the art of using plastic or glass cups with suction balls at the end placed against your skin so as to create vacuum. The vacuum causes local congestion, sucks up your skin and opens the meridians of your body. According to TCM, meridians are the channels from which energy enters and flows. Diseases and illnesses happen with the meridian channels are blocked. Opening up the channels can help speed recovery and bring about healing.
Cupping therapy apparently has many benefits for the skin. It activates your skin tissues and causes them to release toxins. This detoxification therapy can also improve the condition of your varicose veins as it clears instances of blood clotting in the arteries, capillaries, and veins. Most importantly, cupping therapy is believed to stimulate your lymphatic system – the very system that produces antibodies to help fight off diseases.
With these said, cupping therapy proves to be another alternative method for treating eczema, as well as other skin problems like boils. Much of this is because of the therapy’s ability to clear the skin of pathogens – the same ones that trigger an eczema flare-up. Cupping therapy also improves blood circulation and enhances its purification. Since some theories say that certain types of eczema are caused by blood circulatory problems, Cupping therapy may just be the answer to an eczema cure.
During the therapy process, the plastic or glass cups are placed on certain points of your body. The points for eczema are specifically located near your navel, just below the kneecap, at the upper tip of the spinal cord, and right above the ankle. When the plastic or glass cups used in therapy are applied in these areas, you would feel calm and relaxed. In fact, this is what you would expect to experience from the cupping therapy. You may find yourself falling asleep during the session and waking up to feeling more refreshed and energized.
Cupping therapy, as an alternative eczema treatment, is definitely worth trying; since there is no cure by conventional medicine for eczema. In fact, what doctors can do for you right now are different ways to minimize the discomfort that your eczema condition brings. Other than that, there are no guarantees that total healing would happen. You would find that you get eczema outbreaks time and time again. Hence, it would appear that combining the good effects of alternative remedies with modern science may just be the best route to take if you want to cure yourself from eczema.