Cellulite, more than a health problem, becomes only a mere and uncomfortable aesthetic problem, which mainly affects the female sector, specifically about 85% of women over 21 years of age.
Since its appearance at puberty, fundamentally due to the different hormonal changes that occur during this stage and to different factors that may end up having a greater or lesser influence (such as genetics, family history itself, whether or not there is excess weight, poor circulation…), cellulite can increase over the years.
Luckily, there is a wide variety of useful home remedies when it comes to treating and reducing the problem, although as many experts state, no treatment is one hundred percent effective, since cellulite does not tend to disappear at the root, but what is achieved in most cases is an improvement in its appearance. That is to say, a reduction of the dimples and of the lumpy appearance that the area of the body usually affected by it usually has (as is the case of the area of the thighs and buttocks, mainly).
One of those treatments that seem to be useful when it comes to eliminating cellulite is known as Cupping. Do you know what it is and what it consists of?
What is cupping? What does it consist of?
Also known under the name of cupping therapy, popularly known as Cupping is an alternative technique that originated in China, and that involves placing cups or cups on the skin in order to generate suction, which can facilitate healing or improvement through blood flow. It dates back to 3000 BC, and is a practice that was carried out throughout Asia and Europe.
We could identify it as a kind of cupping massage therapy. Many of its defenders claim that suction through the skin helps to facilitate the flow of “Qi” in the body, which would be related to the “vital force”, helping to balance yin and yang; that is, the negative and the positive inside the body, helping the body’s natural resistance to different pathogens, increasing the capacity of blood flow, and reducing pain.
Among other interesting effects, cupping increases blood circulation in the area where they are placed, which can help improve overall blood flow, promote cell repair, and ease muscle tension. Furthermore, it could also form new connective tissues and help in the formation of new blood vessels. For all these effects, Cupping has been used in the treatment of cellulite.
That is, the suction caused by the suction cups draws the red blood cells to the area, for this reason bruising may be seen, because the red blood cells remain in the area in order to continue healing, in the same way as if there had been an injury after falling or taking a hit.
Thus, what the professional does is artificially bring those red blood cells to the area where the suction has been applied, so that if there is something that needs to be healed inside the muscle layer, the bruises will remain in the area to heal it.
How is Cupping applied? How is it used?
Originally cupping was carried out with the help of animal horns. But, later, they began to be replaced by cups that were initially made with bamboo and later with ceramics. The suction was mainly done through the use of heat. That is, the cups were heated with fire, and then they were placed on the skin. In this way, as they cooled, the hot cups drew the skin inside, sucking it up.
The most modern cupping, on the other hand, are made with glass cups that are rounded to give them a rounded ball appearance, and that open at one end. Moreover, today there are basically two main types of suction cups:
- Dry cupping, a suction-only method.
- Wet cupping, which can apply not only suction, but medicinal bleeding, which is controlled.
During a Cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned on. It is often heated over fire using alcohol or herbs, which are placed directly into the cup. The source of fire is then removed and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on the skin (i.e. on the area to be treated).
Once placed on the skin, the cup or suction cup is left for a certain time, usually between 5 to 10 minutes. After removing them, the professional can cover the areas with ointments and bandages, which can help prevent infection.
Is Cupping effective to eliminate cellulite?
Cellulite can be the result of poor blood circulation, lymphatic problems (for example, lymph does not drain as well as it should), hormonal imbalances or fluid retention.
Cupping, or suction cups, move blood, increase blood circulation and reduce fluid buildup. Therefore, Cupping can be interesting when it comes to reducing the look and appearance of cellulite, as it can be easily applied to specific areas of the body, such as the buttocks or thighs, where it usually forms and appears.
In addition, according to some Cupping experts, the suction exerted by the cupping can break down cellulite and change the texture of the skin, especially if the treatment is carried out regularly and constantly.
Once applied and placed in the area to be treated, the suction cups are usually left between 5 to 20 minutes, depending on both the person and the level of fluid retention in their body. In the first session, it is common to start with 5 to 10 minutes, and as the body acclimatizes, the time is increased with each session.
Are there any side effects to be aware of?
There are not many side effects associated with Cupping. And, if they do occur, they usually occur during or immediately after treatment. For example, sweating, nausea or dizziness may be experienced during treatment.
Once applied, the skin around where the suction cup has been placed can become irritated and marked with a kind of circular pattern. It is also possible to feel some discomfort or pain.
Infection is also a risk, although it is actually small if the doctor or professional follows the correct methods to clean the skin and control the infection both before and after the session.
On the other hand, there are other risks that must be mentioned, such as: scarring of the skin and appearance of bruises.