Cupping is one of the world's oldest medical treatment methods and is still widely used in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It quickly relieves sore and stiff muscles and joints and aids circulation.
The vacuum exerts a pull on the skin and the underlying tissue (the skin gets sucked up a bit into the cup), which relieves pain, relaxes the whole body and improves circulation and metabolism.
For cupping, a glass or plastic container (cup) is attached to the skin and then a vacuum is created within the cup. This can be done by heating the air in the cup and then quickly placing it on the skin (as the air cools, it contracts), or by extracting the air with a pump.
Cupping can also be used to tonify (strengthen) the whole body and improve immunity .