Cupping treatment is usually conducted in combination with acupuncture to elicit a more dramatic result. It is especially useful for pain relief.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, “if there is an obstruction, there is pain; if there is no obstruction, there is no pain.” With the use of cupping, the instruments are applied to the affected areas. The removal of the instruments can then open the Meridians and stimulate blood circulation.

Common cupping instrument materials are: bamboo, glass and plastics.