During a cupping procedure, heated cups are applied to strategic spots, creating suction. This negative pressure not only loosens muscles but also increases blood circulation to the area and sedates the sympathetic nervous system. Cupping can therefore be used for not only relieving muscular pain, but conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety and chronic stress. When combined with acupuncture, cupping is highly effective in treating stubborn, back and neck pain. This treatment is also valuable for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis as it clears congestion and blockages within the lungs.
Cupping has also been used for weight loss and reducing cellulite and stretch marks as it improves blood circulation and draws toxins out of the body. Cupping is one of the best deep tissue treatments available as it affects tissues as deep as 4 inches below the superficial skin. The treatment is not painful but will leave bruises on the skin that are not dangerous and will disappear within a week.