Cupping is a form of alternative medicine in which suction is created
on the skin, which mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.
Suction is created using heat (fire) or a mechanical hand pump. Through
either heat or suction the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a
vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place
for five to fifteen minutes.
It can be combined with acupuncture or as a stand alone treatment.
Cupping is an excellent deep tissue therapy. It can treat pain including
arthritic joints and muscular conditions, loosening muscles, encouraging
blood flow, relieving neck pain, stiff muscles, shoulders and backs. It
also treats respiratory conditions such as colds and influenza.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective it dispels stagnant blood and lymph
thereby improving the flow of qi.