Z101How does cupping work?

Cupping employs the use of negative pressure through a cup via heat or a vacuum. It uses controlled suction to release tension in the muscle tissue, increase local circulation of blood and other body fluids, mobilize muscle and sinew flexibility, release adhesions in the fascia, reduce scars, dredge the lymphatic system, improve skin tone, break up cellulite, and calm the mind.

What can it help with?

Conditions that can benefit from cupping include: Anxiety, depression, headache, back pain, joint and muscular pain, infertility, sexual disorders, rheumatic diseases, hypertension, bed wetting, common colds and flu, insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation, diarrhea, chest pain, asthma and some blood disorders.



The patient should expect some discoloration of the skin with cupping. These circular discolorations are the expression of internal stagnation and congestion brought to the surface of the body. They do not appear on everyone, only those with a lack of circulation of qi, blood, and body fluids. Those who are relatively healthy will not express with these symptoms of toxicity, while those with severe stagnation can present with red, purple and black marks. These marks are both therapeutic (as they bring the stagnation out of the tissues and to the surface, where it can resolve), and diagnostic (the amount and nature of the discoloration gives an insight into the patient’s condition).

As you imporve through your course of treatments the intensity of the marks with lessen. While there can be moments of discomfort, in general the sensation of cupping is quite pleasant.


As with any kind of deep tissue work, be sure to drink plenty of water after your session. It is best not to do any kind of strenuous physical activity, or drink alcohol 6 hours after your session. If you are pregnant, have hemophilia, lupus, or diabetes, cupping may not be appropriate for you. Although cupping does release tight muscles and increase blood circulation and move congealed body fluids, bruising and bleeding may sometimes occur.X