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Cupping Therapy, Anyone?

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You might have seen those bizarre red circles on Olympians or celebrities recently and pondered if someone did not apply their sunscreen correctly. These red markings are actually from cupping therapy sessions, a type of deep tissue massage. It goes without saying that cupping therapy is definitely something I recommend you try.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an alternative therapy method much like acupuncture and massage. Instead of applying pressure to muscles or penetrating the skin, though, cupping uses suction from “cups” to pull skin, tissue, and muscles upward. This action enhances circulation, relieves pain, and pulls out impurities . These cups can be made from glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone, although I have seen one earthenware ones in person.

Though this type of therapy is now trending around the world, it is not a new discovery. Cupping therapy has been used since 3000 BC by the ancient Egyptians, Middle Eastern cultures, and Chinese. In China, cupping therapy is a trade passed down through the generations. In ancient times, Taoist medical herbalists used cupping therapy to treat royals and aristocrats.

How does it Work?

The therapy involves using cups applied to a patient’s back. Cups are positioned in such a way that a vacuum effect is created. This suction targets areas deep beneath the skin and tissue.

There are two techniques widely used in cupping therapy: dry cupping (also known as “fire cupping”) and wet cupping (also called “bleeding cupping”). Also seen with dry cupping are “fixed cupping,” and “moving cupping,” where the cups may or may not be repositioned around the back.

Cupping Therapy, Anyone? -
Cupping Therapy, Anyone? –

Dry Cupping

This style of cupping involves having cups placed onto the patient’s back then carefully heated using fire. Sometimes, the cups are heated with hot water or oil. Once placed, the cups are held on the back for about 15 minutes. Since the cups contract during cooling, the skin in contact with the cup gets pulled up into the cup. If the cups do not get moved, this would be “fixed cupping.” Should oil be applied to the back and the cups moved around while cooling, that would be “moving cupping.”

Wet Cupping

This version was most popular in the Middle East and involves “blood-letting” [1]. After leaving a cup on the back for about 3 minutes, the therapist then removes the cup and uses a scalpel to cut the skin. Another set of cups is then placed over the cut to draw out blood.

What are the Benefits?

Research has been done on cupping therapy. A recent meta-analysis published by PLOS One in 2012  stated that cupping aids various conditions like:

  • Herpes zoster
  • Acne
  • Cervical spondylosis

The British Cupping Society  also says cupping is beneficial for treating the following:

  • Anemia
  • Hemophilia
  • Rheumatic diseases like arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bronchial congestion
  • Varicose veins

I know cupping therapy might seem a bit scary and look weird, but it is an OiB recommended treatment. You will not believe how much better you feel after a few sessions! Release toxins, tensions, and ailments trapped beneath the skin. Once you have had your first experience, please share your story with us!

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Brazil Nut Oil

I tried Brazil Nut Oil for my hair, the result is amazing!

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In most cases, I am not the type of person to buy very popular or very new beauty products. I know that there are a number of products on there which people claim to be brilliant but are just downright terrible. For a good long while, I avoided Brazil nut oil. This was a huge mistake. Let me run you through the experience I had with it.

I tried two types of Brazil nut oil. Firstly, I tried shampoo which claimed to contain Brazil nut oil. I am going, to be honest with you here, I did not notice any benefit when I used it.  I almost gave up at this point, then somebody told me to try pure Brazil nut oil. I am glad I did.

I started applying the Brazil nut oil to my hair and I noticed huge changes within a day. One of the main reasons as to why I started to look into a ‘natural solution’ like this is because I noticed that my hair had started to look a bit dull and lifeless. In addition to that, I was experiencing split end after split end. This, obviously, was not good. I tried a number of different solutions before and none of them really seemed to work. Then I discovered Brazil nut oil.

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Within days, the life in my hair had come back. Since Brazil nut oil, apparently, encourages hair growth, my hair looked fuller within weeks of me starting to use the natural oil. In addition to this, the hair was thicker. Split ends were now a thing of the past. In fact, I do not think I have had a single split end since I started to use Brazil nut oil. My hair has never looked or felt better.

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Brazilian nuts –

Once my friends started to see the huge impact that the Brazil nut oil had on my hair (I loved the compliments!) I told them what they needed to do. Within a few weeks, all of them had experienced exactly the same results that I had. They ended up with stunning looking hair, and it didn’t require any effort on their part either! All they needed to do was apply some of the oil to their hair and they were pretty much ‘good to go’.

Remember, if you wish to get the same benefits that I did with Brazil nut oil, it is important that you choose an oil which is incredibly high in quality. This means only the purest of nut oil that you can find. Your natural health food store should carry some. If not, try to get it online!

Have you tried Brazil nut oil too? Let me know of your experiences below! 😉

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