Cupping is a very ancient tradition, using a small suction by creating a vacuum upon the skin. Usually these days cupping is done with disposable cups, glass or plastic cups for hygiene, although traditionally bamboo and other kinds of cups were used.
Cupping is used with a range of conditions where other modalities haven’t been especially effective.
Gentle and appropriately applied cupping (by someone who is properly trained and qualified) can be used with children, sensitive patients or those with long standing chronic conditions.
The use of hand held, air pumped cups, to ensure the dosage of the cupping is just right are now used in the modern clinic.