This guy almost lost life by overdoing an alternative medicine technique
Often people try alternative medicines in order to get respite from ailments and aches and pains since these treatments use natural things as medicines and techniques that have been practiced since ancient times. Though, the use of such treatments is seen as a controversial subject by many, by they also admit that people do get better and are benefited from such techniques and treatments. But like any other medical treatment, even these alternative methods should not be overdone. A man in China found this the hard way when his endangered his own life, overdoing a certain Chinese alternative treatment.
1 What is the fire cupping technique and how it is done?
Fire cupping is an ancient and traditional Chinese method of healing many ailments. It is believed to use fire and heat to improve blood flow and purify the blood so that it treats aches and pains in muscles and joint amongst other ailments. In order to perform the treatment, specific points on the body are chosen according to ailments. Then a fuel soaked cotton ball is lit on fire and in a split second, that ball is placed in a glass cup and the cup is placed on the skin. As the oxygen inside is sucked out, the heat forms a tight seal on the skin and provides the healing. However, after the treatment is done, there are some bruises due to the suction and heat that may take a few days to fade, but the benefits of the treatment are worth the pain and bruises.
2 Benefits of fire cupping technique
The cupping method is usually accompanied by one or two other treatments like acupuncture using needles. This method follows the practice of Tui Na, which is an ancient Chinese massage therapy and targets pressure points. The cupping uses suction to pull the muscles upwards instead of putting pressure on the muscles like in a massage. Once suction is achieved, the cups are left in place for 5-10 minutes to work their magic. This treatment is usually done to get relief from neck pains, back pains, sore muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and even cellulite. The treatment is often referred to patients with asthma and lung disorders as it is known to clear the lungs, of toxins and removing asthma from the root.
But, due to the side-effects of bruising on the skin, it is usually suggested that the cupping sessions are scheduled weeks apart to let the skin and muscles heal. If you don’t let the body heal itself, you can end up like this guy who almost lost his life in the quest to get better in double quick time.
3 How this man almost lost his life?
This 63-year-old man, whose name is not known, was taken to the hospital in China’s Sichuan province after he went for the fire cupping session every day for a month. He went to the healing shop in order to get the treatment done for his cholesterol problem. He says that the people at the shop told him that in order to get rid of his ailments; he must come for the fire cupping session every day for a month. But by the time day 10 rolled in, his back was covered in blisters, which he washed with salt water and continued with the treatment. Ultimately, one time he fell unconscious during his journey back from the treatment shop and was taken to hospital. Doctors found that his blisters had become infected and if there had been a delay of even a day, his life would have been in grave danger due to blood poisoning.