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Study on old naturopathic treatments: Does cupping relieve muscle pain?

Study on old naturopathic treatments: Does cupping relieve muscle pain?


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Traditional therapy method: influence of cupping on muscle fascia tension
Cupping is a traditional therapy method in which the blood supply to the skin is stimulated with the help of cupping glasses and nerve endings are specifically stimulated. Now it is to be investigated what influence this naturopathic treatment has on the muscle fascia tension.

Influence of cupping on muscle fascia tension
Cupping is an age-old method of therapy that, up to the 3300 BC. Chr. It has been used extensively in India, Egypt and Greece. The cupping process also established itself in Chinese medicine. The method is probably the best known rejection procedure that can help against numerous complaints. The Uni-Naturopathy Center at the Freiburg University Hospital is now looking for volunteers for a study on the influence of cupping on muscle fascia tension.

Loosening of muscle fibers
"Cupping is a traditional therapy method in which the skin's blood circulation is stimulated with the aid of cupping glasses and nerve endings are specifically stimulated," the clinic explains in a message.

"This suction massage is intended to loosen the underlying muscle fibers and the surrounding muscle fascia," it continues. The influence of cupping with cupping glasses on muscle fascia tension is now to be investigated in a study. According to the information, a new device is used with which the muscle fascia tension can be measured objectively without any side effects.

The scientists believe that cupping reduces muscle fascia tension and can thus relieve pain. The study is looking for patients who have had neck or lumbar spine problems for more than three months.

Together with other forms of therapy
The areas of application of cupping are diverse. The method is used among other things for lumbago or tension or for hypertension, stomach problems and numerous other complaints. Cupping is usually not used alone, but together with other forms of therapy.

Evidence of effectiveness
It is often criticized that there is no scientific proof of the effectiveness of the method, but various studies have confirmed that cupping has positive effects. Berlin researchers reported a few years ago that cupping can relieve knee pain. And according to a review with 135 cupping studies analyzed, the form of therapy could have a positive effect for some diseases such as herpes zoster. (ad)

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