Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice where a cup is placed on the patient’s skin. The pressure in the cup is removed, using different methods, creating a vacuum allowing the skin and superficial muscle layer to be drawn into the cup. This “pulling” effect on the skin stimulates the acupuncture point where the cup is placed. This regulates the flow of energy and blood, and helps to draw out and eliminate pathogenic factors such as wind, cold,damp and heat. Cupping is even more effective when used in conjunction with acupuncture & Chinese herbs.