What is cupping?

Cupping involves placing specialized cups on the skin. Once the cups are on the skin, a heat or air pump is used to created suction and pull the skin underneath the cup up and away from the underlying muscles. The suction typically lasts only a few minutes.

Cupping Has Been Around for Thousands of Years

The earliest record of cupping is from the Han dynasty of China, which lasted from 206 BC to 220 AD. So yeah, cupping isn't exactly new. According to the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, cupping was often performed with cattle horns or cross sections of bamboo in ancient China. To create the necessary suction, fire was strategically ignited to expel the air from inside such items. Cupping is still extremely prevalent in modern China, used to treat everything from arthritis to asthma to the common cold.