Cupping has been practised for thousands of years for the treatment of disease and pain. It is another form of acupuncture.
Cupping is used to relieve pain in muscles, especially back pain from stiffness or injury, and also clearing congestion from the chest, which can occur with colds and flu
The therapist takes a number of glass cups and heats them. The cups are then applied quickly to the skin. This creates a vacuum. The suction anchors the cup to the body and the area of skin covered is drawn up a few millimetres into the cup. The cups are then left on the body whilst the area beneath is treated and the energy, or Qi, is moved. Cupping is usually used on its own, but can be combined with other therapies.