Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese method that involves suctioning skin and tissue into what is usually a glass cup that slightly resembles a light bulb. Cupping therapy is said to move the qi (often spelled as chi and known as prana in yoga), also known as the life force, through the energetic channels of the body.
The practice of cupping therapy pinpoints the source of pain as a result of blood stagnation and poor circulation. The purpose of the cupping therapy helps move that blood stagnation and promote a healthy flow of qi.
The cupping treatment is deeply relaxing and enjoyable, with no adverse effects. The technique is equivalent to that of a deep tissue massage and can help a variety of conditions from arthritis to muscle aches and anxiety and insomnia. Cupping therapy can also be used for treating back pain and digestive problems in adults and is usually carried out in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.
There are several methods to carry out cupping therapy. One involves putting heat into a cup, such as a burning paper or small piece of cotton ball soaked in alcohol, removing it, and then quickly pressing the cup onto the skin. In the other method, the cup is placed on the body and the air is sucked out with a pump.