Cupping is a practice used in traditional medicine in several parts of the world which involves creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup (Holistic Wellness utilizes plastic cups). People have used cupping for thousands of years to ease back pain, neck pain, headaches and other problems.
Suction from cupping draws fluid into the treated area. This suction force expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under the skin. Your body treats the cupping area like an injury. It sends more blood to the area to stimulate the natural healing process. Some people theorize that cupping clears the pores and releases toxins.
Cupping may ease symptoms such as:
Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Back pain, neck pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.
Breathing problems, such as asthma.
Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD).
Headaches and migraines.
High blood pressure (hypertension).