Cupping is a technique usually used in conjunction with acupuncture, but it could also be used as as a stand alone therapy.
Cupping involves placing suction cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Putting cups over a region helps the body reverse loss of muscle, adhesions in fascia and the decrease in blood flow due to injury or age.
Cupping has numerous benefits. It can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and energy to the affected area and throughout the body and stimulate the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals . It is effective for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, applied, allergies, fevers, aches and myriad of other ailments.
Cupping is not exclusive to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Variations of this treatment were used by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in other Asian and European countries. Cupping therapy was recommended by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider to be the "Father of Modern Medicine," in his guide to clinical treatment.