Recently, I “encountered” a posterior dislocation to my left shoulder. It took over an hour to put humpty dumpty together again. Therefore, there are many muscle, ligament and bone consequences. I’ve been using alternatives to Western medicine in order to expedite the healing process. A Chinese friend of mine said “Maybe you should try ‘the fire cupping'”.
Fire. Sounded cozy.
I said okay.
“and the works with the needles” <—acupuncture
“okay, let’s do this.”
This video shows the results. Story later to follow. Below is more info on cupping if you’re curious.
Hope you are well.
(Courtesy of the Wiks at Wikapedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_cupping)
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). It is known in local languages as baguan/baguar, badkesh, banki, bahnkes, bekam, buhang, bentusa, kyukaku, gak hoi, Hijamah, kavaa (ކަވާ), singhi among others.
The air inside the cup is heated and the rim is then applied to the skin, forming an airtight seal. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts, forming a partial vacuum and enabling the cup to suck the skin, pulling in soft tissue, and drawing blood to that area. Alternately, the suction is created by a hand-pump and blood is allowed to collect. According to the American Cancer Society, “[a]vailable scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease”. It can leave temporary bruised painful marks on the skin and there is also a small risk of burns.