Cupping has been used as a healing treatment for thousands of years. Although it is often associated with traditional Chinese medicine, cupping was also used by the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks. The treatment involves placing cups on the skin and using a partial vacuum created inside the cups to draw blood up towards the surface of the skin. Leaving the cup in place on the skin for a few minutes causes a blood stasis to form and localised healing to take place.
Cupping is most commonly used to treat colds and u or to relieve muscle and joint pain. The light suction created inside the cup releases muscle tension, similar to a deep tissue massage. Cupping has also been found to release toxins from up to four inches below the surface of the
skin, activate the lymphatic system, and clear colon blockages.