Cupping creates suction that increases circulation to the applied area, helping to clear out toxins, reduce inflammation and relax muscles. It can create “sha,” or redness, as small blocked blood vessels are pulled to the surface to be cleared away. Proper circulation can then be restored.

I frequently apply cups to the upper back in the case of the common cold to remove pathogens that are thought to enter through this area, or to relieve tension that many people hold in their shoulders and back.