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Cupping - will explore the ancient techniques of cupping
and journey to the many different countries where cupping is
commonly performed. In addition to exploring the history of
cupping, the film will delve into the new advances and
scientific evidence to support or refute the many proclaimed
benefits of cupping.
The practice of cupping is rather broad and diverse with
different countries and cultures incorporating variations in the
technique. Traditional Cupping will offer an oversight of the
various methods offered and will attempt to provide the viewer with the most
comprehensive overview of cupping practices from industry
experts and client testimonials.
Hijama and Cupping is described on Wikipedia as follows:
Hijama is normally performed on the head, but
can be performed anywhere on the body, often at the site of an
ache or pain in order to ease or alleviate it. A more
warns against over use of cupping and suggests only that six
optimal points on the body are all that is required to clean the
cardiovascular system. The back
of the head, two shoulders corresponding to the
acupuncture heart position, the
tail or small of the back, and the two inner ankles.
The location is first shaved, if necessary,
to ensure a tight seal with the cup. The mouth of a cup (metal,
glass and plastic cups are generally used, although
traditionally horns were used) is placed on the skin at the site
chosen for cupping (alternatively leeches can be used). Then a
tight seal is created. The old method was to burn a small piece
of paper or cotton inside the vessel, so that the mouth of the
cup clings to the skin. The new procedure is to use a machine
instead. The cup is left to cling to the skin for a few minutes,
then it is lifted off and a couple of very small incisions are
made in the skin. The cup is then put back as it was before
until it is filled with blood.
Although there is reason to believe the practice dates from as
early as 3000 B.C., the earliest use of cupping that is recorded
is from the
Ebers Papyrus, one of the
oldest medical textbooks in the world. It describes the
systematic use of cupping by the early Egyptians, as far back as
1,550 B.C.. Archaeologists have found evidence in China of
cupping dating back to 1,000 B.C.. In ancient Greece,
Hippocrates (c. 400 B.C.) used
cupping for both internal diseases and structural problems. The
technique, in varying forms, expanded into the folk medicine of
most Asian and European civilizations.
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