Chinese Cupping Therapy


Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced by suction in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup.  Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled.  This is called glide or slide cupping.


Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body.  On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi can flow freely.  On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best.  From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.


Cupping is used for the relief of chronic pain, chronic cough, knotted and tight muscles increasing sports performance and range of motion.  Fibromyalgia-symptoms.org reports that cupping is an effective way to reduce the muscle stiffness associated with the disorder.


Although cupping is not painful, the recipient commonly walks away with circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied.