Cupping therapy has been used for generations in many cultures. Chinese Medicine developed the process into an integral part of protocols. Cupping involves the creation of negative pressure in a cup or suitable hollow vessel.
Traditionally, the practitioner uses an ignited cotton ball to consume the air in the cup just before it is placed on the skin. The negative pressure draws the skin into the cup, where blood and fluids are brought just below the surface. This process, like the Gua Sha techniques, mobilizes the metabolism and promotes circulation. As a result, cupping is used to regulate the flow of qi and blood and to draw out TCM pathogenic factors such as Wind, Cold and Damp. We have both glass cups and plastic cups/pumps.