Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin to promote healing. In ancient times animal horns or bamboo cups were used for this form of healing, however glass is now used for hygiene reasons. This method involves creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow. Cupping is commonly used to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.
This practice is more than 3000 years old and was practiced prominently during the period of the warring dynasties in China. This practice is still widely practiced by Asian military agencies around the world. Cupping is also gaining acceptance and popularity in most western countries.
- Enhances circulation
- Removes toxins from skin and body tissues
- Eliminates pressure or ‘heat’ from the surface of the body
- Reduces neck and back pain and stiffness of muscles
- Relieves anxiety and fatigue
- Improves qi flow.