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Cupping: ancient therapy has modern adherents

The ancient Chinese therapy of cupping is effective in alleviating and aiding in headaches, back pain, joint and muscular pain, rheumatic diseases, hypertension, common colds and flu, insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation and diarrhea, chest pain, asthma and many more modern day ailments.

Dr. Margaret Smiechowski, a homeopathic doctor at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, has been practicing cupping since 1985.

"More and more people in the Western world are turning to alternative treatments after conventional ones fail them," she said. "Practices like a homeopathy, acupuncture and massage are fairly familiar to us in North America, but one therapy-cupping-is still unknown; it can benefit people suffering from pain and chronic conditions."

Cupping is an adapted form of traditional Chinese medicine and involves heating the inside of a specially designed glass cup and placing it on the skin of the patient. As the air inside of the cup cools, it creates a small suction. Cupping suction affects the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, relax muscles, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate the skin, clears stretch marks, and helps to eliminate so-called cellulite.

Cupping is recorded in the oldest medical books in Egypt and dates back to approximately 1550 B.C. In England, the practice of cupping is dated back to the very oldest and leading medical journals. It is still widely used in Europe today, with great success, but largely unknown in America.

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