Traditional cupping therapy has been used for healing for thousands of years.

The procedure is pressing the heated cups’ open side against your skin.

Surface tissue is drawn into the cup as a result of the vacuum effect this causes.

A qualified professional may incorporate cupping therapy into a comprehensive treatment strategy.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Cellulite is tenacious, and nothing totally eliminates it.

 If you decide to attempt cupping, keep in mind that it can take a few sessions before you get the hang of it or even start to see any results.

If you don’t like the procedure and it reduces your cellulite, there probably isn’t much of a drawback.

✅ The practice of cupping has been around for thousands of years and is generally safe.

 

Dimpled fat right underneath your skin is what causes cellulite. It’s a widespread condition, particularly among women. It may manifest everywhere, but especially on your:

  • thighs
  • hips
  • buttocks

It poses no health risk. There are numerous methods available to treat cellulite if you’re not happy with how it looks. Results are just transitory because cellulite cannot be totally eliminated.

By expelling fluids and toxins from your body, cupping for cellulite aims to make your skin seem better. Although there is little research on cupping, it appears that, at least for some people, cupping may alleviate cellulite temporarily. Let’s explore the current studies on cupping to reduce cellulite in more detail, along with some advice on how to do it.

 

How well can cupping treat cellulite?

It’s unclear exactly how cupping therapy functions.

According to the idea behind cupping, negative pressure encourages the drainage of collected fluids, toxins, and other chemical compounds from interstitial fluid to blood and lymphatic capillaries, particularly the lipids in cellulite. It increases circulation as well. Cellulite may appear less noticeable after cupping, but this is probably just a transient improvement.

Glass, bamboo, ceramic, silicone, or other materials can all be used for the procedure. One can produce suction by:

  • removing the oxygen from the cup by heating it before putting it on your skin.
  • vacuuming the cup with a gadget.
  • dry-moving cupping therapy commonly referred to as massaging and gliding

Pierces are used in wet cupping to allow blood to flow into the cup. However, dry cupping, which doesn’t involve piercing your skin, is used to cure cellulite.

 

What the study finds

There isn’t much information available about the long-term effects of cupping or using it to treat cellulite.

Modest pilot research on cupping for cellulite was conducted in 2015. There were 40 healthy female volunteers in the study. The amount of cellulite was successfully reduced by the researchers using dry-moving cupping therapy, which was applied 10 times each thigh over a period of 5 weeks.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health claims that there is insufficient high-quality research on cupping to make any firm conclusions. Studies have generally been of poor quality.

 

Added advantages of cupping

Everything from digestive issues to pain management to unattractive veins has been treated with cupping.

Researchers carried out a systematic assessment of papers on the effectiveness of cupping in 2018. They discovered that cupping therapy significantly outperforms other therapies when paired with them, such as medicines or acupuncture, for the following conditions:

  • acne
  • cervical spine disease
  • facial amputation
  • the zoster virus

A high risk of bias in almost all of the 135 included trials served as a restriction on the review. To reach firm findings, the researchers stressed that higher-quality studies with bigger sample numbers are required.

A 2018 review of the scientific literature suggests that additional study suggests cupping may benefit:

  • increase the blood flow to the skin
  • raising the pain threshold
  • minimize irritation
  • alter cellular immune function

Are there any hazards involved in cupping therapy for cellulite?

Although adult cupping is typically safe and non-invasive, not everyone should use it. If any of the following apply to you:

  • are expecting
  • have a heart condition
  • use clotting agents
  • wear a pacemaker.
  • be hemophilic.

Stay away from cupping:

  • sunburn
  • skin lesions or wounds
  • Recent wounds
  • Broken bones
  • enlarged veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis sites

Although there may be some discomfort, it’s usually not painful. Some folks feel a little queasy or sick.

Bruises on your body

There’s a good chance that cupping will leave skin-related markings. That is typical. You can get noticeable bruises for a few days to a few weeks.

Burns or skin scarring that lasts a lifetime might also occur.

Escalating skin issues

Cupping might make your skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, worse. Consult a dermatologist before you cup.

Infection

Inadequately sterilized equipment can spread blood-borne illnesses including hepatitis B and hepatitis C because cupping might result in mild bleeding.

Anemia

Wet cupping frequently can result in anemia from blood loss, albeit this is unusual.

 

How to use cupping to try and reduce cellulite

You’re probably better off visiting a qualified specialist for cupping therapy than you are for the majority of health issues. You can try it on your own if you’d prefer, but this might be a nice option for treating cellulite as well.

At a hospital

Among those who practice cupping therapy are:

  • acupuncturists
  • Massage practitioners
  • Occupational therapists

Check the practitioner’s credentials and the cleanliness of all the equipment before making an appointment.

The only preparation required from you is to make sure your skin is clean. Indicate any skin wounds or cuts that will be addressed.

At home

If you choose to DIY, keep in mind that there are many cup sizes, levels of suction, and methods. Consider investing in a kit designed specifically for cellulite cupping if this is your first time. Glass cups can be challenging to use on yourself and tend to leave more bruises. Silicone cups are less likely to scuff and are simpler to handle.

For your thighs and buttocks, use a larger cup size, and for your arms and calves, a smaller one. Make sure they are sterile, whatever you decide. To practice cupping on your own, take the following actions:

  1. Massage oil or body lotion should be applied to the region you’ll be treating. If you’d like, you could perform this in the shower.
  2. After deciding where to start, place the cup on your body.
  3. Squeeze gently to produce a vacuum. Your skin will feel the strain.
  4. Let go of the squeeze and move the cup in a circular or back-and-forth motion.
  5. Keep doing this for 10 to 15 minutes in each area.
  6. As long as you continue receiving treatment, repeat it two to three times weekly.

Where to purchase the cupping supplies you’ll need

Products for cupping are available everywhere that sells massage or health and beauty goods. They are available online as well as at your neighborhood drugstore or department shop.

While a skilled practitioner might utilize glass cups, home kits typically come with cheaper silicone cups. Both independently and in sets, supplies can be purchased that include:

  • various-sized cups
  • Massage creams
  • massager
  • bringing a kit

 

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