Cupping therapy is a practice used in traditional medicine in several parts of the world, and dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. It includes creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup in order to reduce pain and promote movement of qi or energy in the body. Dry cupping is most common, however “wet cupping” exists where the skin is pierced, and blood flows into the cup in order to release stagnated or congested blood.
Modern medicine has allowed for some amazing advances in medical treatments. It has helped save and extend countless lives and continues pushing human ability forward. It has also, however, placed a high interest in medications (perhaps due to financial interests).