Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which local suction is created on the skin through heat. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts, forming a partial vacuum and drawing blood to that area.
Cupping encourages blood flow and releases muscle tension. Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5-10 minutes and often can leave bruises which last up to a few days.
Cupping can be used to treat: