Cupping is a form of TCM that involves the use of suction onto specific parts of the body using a bamboo, plastic, or glass jar. Combined with heat, the jars create a partial vacuum that’s applied to the skin and tissues. Localized healing begins when the powerful suction encourages blood stasis.
Cupping encourages the release of toxins two inches into the body’s tissues from the capillaries, veins, and arteries, while activating the lymphatic system and clearing out fluid in cases of chronic bronchitis. Cupping improves the look of stretch marks and varicose veins, and relieves lower back pain, as well as pain associated with sprains and minor injuries.