(In Chinese Medicine) A therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy. 

"Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood, energy or other humors to the surface. " - Pacific College of Oriental Medicine


Fixed: The cups are placed on a selected area of the body and then left in place without being moved.

Moving: Massage oil or cream is applied to the skin in selected places, and then the cups are placed over the areas to be treated. The cups are then slid easily around that region of the body (usually the back).

how cupping works...

Cupping can be used in addition to acupuncture in the same treatment, or by itself. In the photo above, small glass cups (or sometimes bamboo jars) are placed on the skin, creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue, and muscles upward. This technique was developed thousands of years ago, but the original philosophy remains the same. The glass jars are first heated with a cotton ball that has been lit on fire, the cotton ball is held with a pair of tweezers and then quickly placed inside the jar. The jar is then immediately suctioned to the back where it will stay in place for "fixed cupping"



  • enhance circulation
  • help relieve pain
  • remove "heat"
  • pull out toxins
  • clear congestion from a common cold (very valuable for the lungs)
  • improved metabolism, relief from constipation, a healthy appetite, and stronger digestion



If you experience;

  • stress
  • pain
  • allergies
  • fatigue
  • flu
  • colds
  • back pain
  • anxiety
  • muscle aches
  • red itchy skin conditions
  • fever

..... then cupping could be for you. It is also important to consult a medical practitioner before the procedure.