Cupping is a practice used in Eastern that involves creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup. Negative pressure is created in the cup by applying a flame to the cup to remove oxygen before placing it on the skin or by attaching a suction device to the cup after it is placed on the skin.

How does it work?

Pain is caused by stagnation of fluid and blood. The suction created by the cup breaks up the stagnant fluids and blood allowing nutrient rich blood to nourish the tissues. 

Things to know before you get cupping. 

  • Cupping will leave temporary marks on the skin. Cupping marks appear like circular bruises.

  • The discoloration caused by cups is not painful. Quite the contrary cupping should provide relief from pain.