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Cupping is a form of alternative therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin. It is the inverse procedure of a massage – rather than applying pressure down towards an area, it uses gentle pressure pulling upwardly.  Cupping has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and many other cultures for centuries as a therapeutic practice.

According to Chinese medicine, pain results from the stagnation and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. “Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” Cupping aims to break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood or energy to the surface allowing it to be dispersed in order to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.

Cupping uses small glasses, silicon cups, or bamboo jars as suction devices to be placed on the skin. Through suction, the skin and superficial muscle layers are drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum as the cup is placed on the skin over a targeted area.  Generally, cups are left in place between five and fifteen minutes.

There are different kinds of cupping. In dry cupping, suction cups are simply left in place over the skin. In wet cupping, the practitioner will make a small incision on the skin and then apply the suction cup to draw out small amounts of blood. In gliding cupping, the cups are gently moved across the skin once the suction has occurred. Therapeutic grade essential oils or fractionated coconut oil can be applied to improve movement of the cups along the skin.


  • Relaxes the body and relieves tension
  • It helps with anxiety, fatigue, and migraines
  • Provides pain relief, such as back and neck pains
  • Loosens stiff muscles
  • Helps break up scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, as well as muscle knots
  • Assists in reducing inflammation, helping rheumatism
  • Beneficial for the lungs, helping to clear congestion and control asthma
  • Positively affects the digestive system, improving metabolism and digestion, relieving  constipation, and improving appetite issues.
  • Detoxifies the circulatory system, removing toxins and improving blood flow
  • Great for fat loss and cellulite by using gliding cupping
  • Improves facial skin, lifting, reducing puffiness, brightening and encouraging collagen generation -even effective for acne

Cupping has numerous benefits. It is anti-aging, can help you look great, recover better, and deal with unwanted conditions.

Try this great home Cupping Set:


Cupping can occasionally have some side-effects:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Bruising can be expected with dry cupping but normal skin should return within 10 days
  • Burns may occur when using dry cupping that’s heated
  • Skin infections can occur with wet cupping

Overall, cupping is highly advantageous and gaining popularity -numerous athletes and celebrities use it.

Maybe it’s time to start cupping!!

To a Fitter Healthier You,

Adriana Albritton

The Fitness Wellness Mentor

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