• Restores circulation
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Diminishes swelling
  • Relieves stress and pain
  • Pulls toxins from body tissues.

For this technique, a flaming cotton ball is placed into a special glass cup, and the cup is then quickly placed on the skin. This causes the underlying tissue to be raised partway into the cup. The resulting tightening sensation in the area of the cups often feels very good on tense, aching muscles.

Cupping is great for acute muscle injury, colds, flu, allergies, asthma, and even cellulite. The technique can cause the skin to turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is a blockage of energy or blood stagnation under the cups. The skin discoloration may last anywhere from a few days up to two weeks.

  • “induces comfort and relaxation on a systemic level”
  • shifts you out of your stress response of fight, flight, freeze, so you can take action from a grounded, centered place by “increasing your body’s parasympathetic activity”
  • relaxes the body muscles…and increases the quality of the the remaining blood, which improves pain symptoms” by promoting vasodilation
  • “allows [for] the immediate elimination of trapped toxins in the tissues” by circulating fresh blood to the area

Al-Bedah AMN, Elsubai IS, Qureshi NA, et al. The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action. J Tradit Complement Med. 2018;9(2):90‐97. Published 2018 Apr 30. doi:10.1016/j.jtcme.2018.03.003