Cupping is an ancient Chinese healing method. Cups are placed on the skin, and a partial vacuum is created either by means of heat or suction to draw up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, stagnation like soreness in stiff muscles will be released, and localized healing takes place. Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the “meridians,” or energy pathways of the body.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the underlying tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, help activate the lymphatic system, clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, and activate the skin. It has been especially helpful in the treatment of asthma related tightness in the lungs.