Have you ever heard of Ventosa? It’s a form of alternative medicine, which originated from China. Though it has been around for centuries, in the modern times it is commonly called cupping massage or cupping therapy. It was primarily used to improve blood circulation and promote the flow of chi or energy throughout the whole body. Treatment starts with the therapist applying alcohol or other flammable substance and setting it on fire. As it goes out, the cup is then turned upside down and placed on the skin to create suction. This process removes blockages from the blood and encourages healing.
In the 1980s Ventosa was almost forgotten as modern medicine criticized the practice, which made way for emerging new scientific modes of healing. However, a few years back, Ventosa regained its popularity when celebrities showed off their cupping marks during parties and festivals. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Kim Kardashian are among the Ventosa fanatics. Tennis superstar Serena Williams is also an avid believer in the practice.
Let us understand how Ventosa works wonders to our physical and mental well-being and why it will never disappear from the limelight.
Healing Benefits of Ventosa
- It decreases blood pressure. Cupping therapy has been proven to relax muscles and loosen tense connective tissue to help promote blood flow. Its relaxing effect subsequently calms the nervous system and lowers blood pressure.
According to the British Cupping Society, cupping has been an effective adjunct in the treatment of migraines, blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia, rheumatic diseases, and skin problems like acne and eczema.
- Cupping removes toxins from the body through the suction process. As it loosens muscle and connective tissue, it also detoxifies the body, ridding it of the undesirable substances that keep us from functioning regularly and healthily. Cupping can be done in most areas of the body, so it can target the parts that you wish to be specifically given more importance.
- It can assist with weight loss. Losing weight through Ventosa requires the application of oil in the fatty areas of the body while the cup is moved around them.
- It is predominantly used for pain relief. Five years ago, several studies have supported claims that cupping therapy can successfully relieve back, neck, and knee pain – and generally musculoskeletal pain. Leonid Kalichman, Senior lecturer at the Ben-Gurion University, says this about Ventosa:
“Mechanically, cupping increases blood circulation, whereas physiologically it activates the immune system and stimulates the mechanosensitive fibers, thus leading to a reduction in pain. Since cupping is an inexpensive and non-invasive therapeutic modality, we believe that it should be included in the arsenal of musculoskeletal medicine.”
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made waves when he was seen with several distinct Ventosa marks on his back in the 2016 Rio Olympics. His trainers and therapists use cupping on him as a recovery modality.
- It reduces depressive symptoms. The cupping mechanism that is utilized in this practice is amazingly relaxing, and as it loosens all tissue and muscle in every area of the body, it clears the mind and promotes positive thinking, decreasing depression and anxiety symptoms.
Bruises Mean Success
Although bruising poses a negative notion, it only means success for cupping therapy. These are believed to be signs of the toxins that have been removed from your body. It means that Ventosa has effectively relieved you of your blockages, pain, and negativity.