Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface by negative pressure created by introducing flame into the cup or some other means of suction so as to form a localized congestion or blood stagnation to prevent or treat certain disease / condition.
Cupping can free channels of the body and promote qi and blood circulation, leading to relieve swelling and pain, dispel wind and cold.
Traditional Fire Cup or Modern Pump Cup
For fire cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire.It creates a vacuum as the fire goes out, he then puts the cup upside down on your skin. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 10 minutes.
A more modern version of cupping uses a hand pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup.
Sometimes therapists walk the cup on your skin which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.
Conditions which cupping can treat:
Arthritis caused by wind cold dampness
Acute sprain or strain
Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional. But you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin:
First treatment including diagnosis $60
Follow up treatment $40