The process of cupping therapy involves a therapist placing special cups on the patient’s skin for a few minutes to create suction. The therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise as your blood vessels expand.
The cups are usually glass, but may also be made of bamboo, earthenware and silicone.
People rely on cupping therapy for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Maybe you’ve even seen people at the gym or swimming pool with those tell-tale red circles on their backs and shoulders? It’s becoming more common for people to request cupping to relieve chronic muscle soreness. But did you know that cupping can be used to treat many other health concerns? Let’s explore a few.