Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of manipulation in which local suction is created on the skin. Each cup creates a vacuum (negative pressure technique) on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation, increase blood flow to the body’s tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways (a vital part of the immune system). When used on the back, neck, shoulders and other musculoskeletal regions, this technique lifts connective tissue, softens tight muscles, tones attachments, and loosens adhesions.
Cupping is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions such as:
- respiratory diseases (common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis)
- musculoskeletal tightness
- rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions)
- skin problems (eczema, acne)