Cupping is an ancient healing treatment that some people use to relieve pain. A provider puts cups on your back, stomach, arms, legs or other parts of your body. Inside the cup, a suction or vacuum force stretches the skin upward.
Cupping is a form of classical Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine. People have repeated cupping therapy for thousands of years.
Experts are still searching for how cupping relieves pain and disease symptoms. There isn’t a lot of study on the therapy.
Suction from cupping pulls fluid into the treated area. This suction force increases and breaks open small blood vessels under the skin. Your body treats the cupping area like an injury. It transfers more blood to the site to stimulate the natural healing process. Some people theorize that cupping opens the pores and releases toxins.
Cupping has helped people with the following
The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat: