Cupping therapy is a Traditional Chinese and Middle Eastern Practice.

It involves placing cups at certain points on a person’s skin. Small Bell shaped glass cups, suction cups or bamboo cups are placed on the skin, and create a vacuum suction.

For both cupping methods, the therapist puts a flammable substance and set in on fire. As the fire goes it, the cup is applied to the skin in upside down position. A vacuum is created as the air inside the cup gets cold. This causes the skin to rise and redden because of the expansion of the blood vessels. This can occassionally leave temporary red marks on the skin, however this is not painful and will fade over a day or so.

Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.

Fire Cupping