Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine, the method was since the early fourth century according to records. Many practitioners used cups made of plastic or glass even though iron, pottery and bamboo cups are also used.
Most acupuncturists prefer to use glass cups because they do not break as easily as the other cups and allow them to see the skin and evaluate the success of the treatment.
Practitioners use several ways to create the suction
Suction can be created by putting alcohol into the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup right away against the skin. Another method involves placing an inverted cup over a small flame to create suction. Flame must never be used near the skin or during the process of cupping. The flame is used to create the heath that causes the suction inside the small cups. Then the substance that is burning inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.
How does cupping work? What does it treat?
The cups are left In place from 5 to 10 minutes depending on the condition that is treated. Certains practitioners also used herbal oils or small amount of medicated oils to the skin while others used cupping to reduce swelling and treat depression
In China, cupping is mostly used to treat gastro intestinal disorders, respiratory conditions such as asthma and even certain types of pain