"Cupping is an age-old technique used in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate acupuncture points or larger areas of the body. Cupping is often practised alongside acupuncture but can also be used as a treatment in its own right." (Acupuncture.org.uk, 2016)
"Cups are rounded and can be made of rubber, glass or very occasionally, bamboo. In cupping, the practitioner creates a vacuum inside the cup and quickly places it onto the skin where treatment is needed. The cup is left in place for anything up to 20 minutes. The practitioner will often use several cups in one treatment." (Acupuncture.org.uk, 2016)
"Cupping is not painful, however it can leave reddish patches on the skin, like circular bruises. Although these marks resemble bruises, the muscles have not been traumatised in any way. The redness on the skin indicates that there has been movement in the circulation of blood under and around the cups. Not all cupping will result in redness as this depends on the complaint being treated." (Acupuncture.org.uk, 2016)
Acupuncture.org.uk. (2016). Cupping. [online] Available at: https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-styles/cupping.html [Accessed 7 Feb. 2018].