Cupping is an ancient East Asian therapy in which a hemispherical cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin. It is used to treat localised congestion and other systemic disorders. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping.
At Melbourne Acupuncture, we use cupping for abdominal pain, arthritic pain, stomachache, headache, indigestion, back pain, menstrual cramps, symptoms of hypertension and the common cold.