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Ochocinco Chinese Cupping Therapy; What are The Benefits

Chad Johnson aka Ochocinco took to instagram to share a video of himself “getting some Chinese Cupping to decompress” the soft tissue in the hamstring!!!

Flip and see what Chad Ochocinco Johnson is saying inside…

Ochocinco Chinese Cupping Therapy found this to be very interesting and yet scary on how the Chinese Cupping therapy procedure is done. It almost looks painful, but Ochocinco seems to like it.

Here is what Ocho had to say about getting a little Chinese Cupping therapy:


“Getting a little Chinese Cupping to decompress the soft tissue in the hamstring after my small tweak last week.”

What is Chinese Cupping?

Chinese Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, like Glass, Bamboo or Earthenware.

What are the benefits of Chinese Cupping?

Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures (1550 BC).

WebMD reports that There are various types of cupping therapy, including:

Dry cupping (suction only)

During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage-like effect.

Wet cupping (combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding):

During wet cupping, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions. Then he or she performs a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin’s appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.

Though a study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. It was also said that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Herpes zoster
  • Acne
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cervical spondylosis

As for Ochocinco, he appears to swear by it when it comes to working his hamstring.

Take a look:

Getting a little Chinese Cupping to decompress the soft tissue in the hamstring after my small tweak last week

A video posted by Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) on

What do you think? Whould you get Chinese Cupping therapy?

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