Cupping is one of the oldest healing methods. It is already mentioned in the old Egyptian scripts.
The traditional way is taking a suction glass, put a cotton swab into it, light it up and create thus a vacuum. Then you put it quickly on the pre-selected area on the skin. The under-pressure, that is created by the consumption of air, sucks the glass to the skin.
There are 2 different ways to do cupping
1. Dry cupping
When there is too little energy in an area (like bad nourished skin and muscles on the back) or if you want to have more metabolism activity in that desired area, the unbloody way to use the cupping is right. Dry cupping - as a rule of thumb - is done on pale, whitish or grey skin. The suction leaves a blueish spot of the size of the suction glass diameter. It is possible to set several cups in one session. The (not painful) bruise creates a higher activity of bloodcells in that area thus adding to a better circulation
2. Wet cupping
Is a special form of blood letting in certain preselected skin areas. It is generally used on places of excess energy and often combined with acupuncture points (Gate of the Wind). I had very good results treating breathing disorders like asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema etc. The suction draws a small amount of blood, that gives relief in the whole segment and alleviates breathing. The skin of a patient, who should have the wet cupping, is red and plump.