Cupping is the use of small glass of plastic cups that are placed over the body with a vacuum effect created by using heat or suction. It promotes the flow of blood and chi within the superficial muscle layers. It is also used to remove toxins from the body when someone has a cold or indigestion, for example. Chinese Cupping Therapy is an excellent tool to break blood stagnation from muscle skeleton conditions. For example, if you have a chronic sprain in the shoulder, neck or hips, TCM believes that there is an internal bruise, or blood stagnation. By using the cups in the local area of injury and specific areas to move blood, the pain and inflammation can be reduced quite significantly. When used with fire, called FIRE CUPPING, this modality can also be used to treat cold conditions by warming up the area with the cups, for example chronic back pain with feelings of cold in the kidneys. Cupping is an amazing tool and in combination with Acupuncture it can do wonders for your aches and pains.