A therapy in which a jar is placed on the skin surface to cause local congestion。This method promotes the free flow of Qi and blood in the channels, diminishes swellings and pains, and dispels cold and dampness.
Cupping, as its name implies, is the use of glass cups that are warmed to create a partial vacuum, so that it can be “stuck” on the skin. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active. This causes a regional pull of the skin and muscles (known as gliding cupping), move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Cupping works on the body’s meridian system, to “open up” any stagnant points for a better flow of Qi, and to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their optimum. Scientifically, this technique is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation and aid deep tissue repair.