Cupping therapy increases circulation of the blood and lymph to eliminate harmful toxins and restore proper body function. Cupping consists of placing glass or plastic cups onto acupuncture points to create a partial vacuum, or suction, affecting the superficial muscle layers and releasing soft tissue. This method of cupping is known as "dry" cupping. Other techniques include "massage" cupping and "wet" cupping.
Massage cupping involves application of an essential oil onto the skin before placing the cup, which is then gently glided along the surface of the skin to achieve its therapeutic effect.
Wet cupping involves puncturing the skin before applying the cup in order to extract a few droplets of blood. This method allows toxins to be extracted directly from the body. Cupping
is used to treat sore muscles, tension, neck pain, the common cold, influenza, and other conditions.