Cupping is a technique from the canon of traditional Chinese medicine whereby acupressure is applied to create a vacuum on the patient’s skin. This mobilises stagnant blood and lymph thus improving the flow of qi and promoting healing.
Cups are rounded and can be made of rubber, glass or very occasionally, bamboo. In cupping, the practitioner creates a vacuum inside the cup and quickly places it onto the skin where treatment is needed. The cup is left in place for anything up to 20 minutes. The practitioner will often use several cups in one treatment.
Cupping is normally used on the back, neck, and shoulders to treat musculoskeletal conditions.