Cupping therapy is the method of using glass, plastic or other material cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. Cups are left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5-10 minutes). The vacuum inside the cups activates Qi and blood circulation and improves the healing process in that area.
Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years. The Chinese and many other cultures have been doing this since ancient times by using heat inside a glass or bamboo cups. In Latin America, cupping therapy is called ventusis and has been used by the indigenous people and also by general population outside the alopatic medical system.
Cupping technique relaxes muscles while exerting negative (suction) pressure on the surface of the body. The effects are similar to those of massage: increased blood flow to local areas and pressure to relax muscle tissues. Its uses include relieving pain in the muscles, back pain, shoulder pain and stiffness.
Cupping therapy has been used to clear congestion in the chest, due to cold, flu and asthma. Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.