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  • Cupping is a therapy that works by creating suction under a specially designed cup which pulls the skin, tissue, and muscle upwards to enhance circulation and provide pain management.
  • It is an excellent therapy for the treatment of pain. Though it is most commonly used for pain management, it is can also be used in the treatment of respiratory disorders, skin problems, colds, and more.
  • Cupping is most commonly done on an individual’s back since that is a site of pain for many people, and the back has numerous points that in Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to treat issues in most other parts of the body. The back is well suited to cupping since a flat surface is required for the suction force to hold the cup in place. However, cupping can be done on other parts of the body.

This is a 30-minute treatment (30 minutes in total, cups are on the skin between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the individual’s need and sensitivity to the technique) in which glass cups are placed in specific areas on the body. A flame is swiped under the cup to create a vacuum before it’s placed on the body. Frequently, massage oil is spread on the skin first so that the cups are able to slide across the skin while the vacuum is maintained.

  • Increases local circulation of blood and fluid
  • Softens and releases muscle
  • Improves sinew flexibility
  • Loosens adhesions
  • Moves lymph fluid
  • Some sources claim it enhances the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

  • Pain
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Skin problems
  • Fertility issues
  • GI disorders
  • Stress
  • Cellulite
  • Plus, a wide range of other issues

  • Cupping will leave bruises that can last up to 10 days. These bruises are not painful but may be considered unsightly
  • Areas of broken skin or rashes should not be cupped
  • The abdomen, medial thigh, and low back of a pregnant woman should be avoided
  • Contraindicated in cases of severe diseases
  • Contraindicated in cases of ascites or severe edema
  • Contraindicated in cases of hemorrhagic diseases