During cupping therapy the acupuncturist will apply suction to the skin through a metal, wood or glass jar. The suction is created by heating the air in the jar (cup) and then applying the jar to the skin. As the air cools it will form a partial vacuum. This technique increases blood flow at the site and therefore stimulates area. Cupping is often used for low and upper backache, chest complaints such as bronchitis, coughs and colds, indigestion and to boost low energy levels.
It is a strong treatment and cupping may occassionally leave bruises on the skin.
Cupping is sometime recommended for specific ailments and is a popular treatment in our Glasgow clinic.