Cupping therapy, though it has been relatively unknown to Western civilization until recently, has been utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Though techniques have been modernized, the philosophy behind this therapy has remained the same. Cupping therapy uses small glass, plastic, or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the body in various places. Cupping therapy is used to relieve pain, boost immune function, rid the body of toxins, and lower stress.
At the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine is the belief that the body has a flow of natural energy coursing through it. This energy is called “chi” or “qi.” If it continues moving throughout your body, then you are healthy. Traditional belief says that channels called “meridians” direct this flow of this energy. Injuries and illness may create blockages in the flow and cause you to feel ill.