The practice of cupping dates back to 1000 B.C. and has been used by ancient Egyptians, in Africa, North America and many parts of Asia and Eastern Europe.
While applying a glass cup, the air inside it is heated, the cup is applied to the skin forming an air-tight seal, the air inside the cup cools and contracts to form a vacuum, enabling the cup to suck the skin, pulling in soft tissue, and drawing blood to that area.
The therapy is used to dispel stagnation of blood and lymph, thereby improving the circulation and flow of energy Qi (life energy). It can be helpful in treating :
· facial paralysis
· cough and dyspnea
· lumbar disc herniation
· cervical spondylosis