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Traditional 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 conservative approach[2] warns against over use of cupping and suggests only that six optimal points on the body are all that is required to clean the entire 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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