Local congestion is relieved by applying a partial vacuum that is created in a cup either by heat or suction. Superb at drawing up the underlying tissues, cupping is commonly used to relieve pain, draw toxins out of the body, and remove blockages.
Cupping involves the use of round vacuum cups that suck up the superficial layers of skin to enhance blood circulation in specific areas of the body. The cups can either remain in a fixed position or moved over a large surface area with oil massaged on the skin. Moving cupping feels like a massage. This may produce a deep redness, discoloration on the skin, which may persist for a few days. These marks are not an indication of complication or injury and resolve on their own.