What is Cupping?

shutterstock_256545661The Therapy of cupping has been used in China for thousands of years. Special glass cups are used and a flame is lit inside the cup before quickly placing the cup on the patient’s body. This lack of oxygen is what creates the suction necessary for therapeutic benefit. Once the cup is in place, oil can be applied to the skin and the cups can be moved around an area of the body, or, they can be left stationary to target a specific acupoint or muscle. During a cupping procedure the patient should experience a warm, pulling, stretching sensation, but not pain.