Cupping is a method of treating disease caused by local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in a cupping jar, either by suction or heat, and is then applied directly to the skin. The cups can either be left stationary or moved around using massage oil.

NOTE: The cupping process may bruise the area. The muscle tension or stagnation determines how dark the marks will be. These marks are not painful and usually fade within a week. Cupping is generally indicated in the treatment of arthritic pain, abdominal pain, stomach ache, indigestion, headache, hypertension, common cold, cough, low back pain, painful menstruation, and any type of muscle soreness.