Cupping Set, From London, England, 1860–1875.

”Cupping therapy is a treatment in which the practitioner creates suction in a cup. This method is called “fire cupping.” Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person's asthma. Based on social media photos, the athletes have opted for the non-bleeding therapy, which is known as dry cupping. Cupping set, from London, England, 1860–1875. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues. According to Jack Faso 1997, cupping results in “erythema reddening of the skin due to capillary expansion, enema excessive fluid accumulation in tissue spaces, and ecchymoses purple discolouration of the skin due to rupture of blood vessels.” As the fire goes out, he puts the cup upside down on your skin. When these meridians are opened, the internal energy is able to flow through the whole body. One small study on cupping found that the cupping marks generally fade after two to four days. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. It flows through every body part, tissue, and organ.  Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. It is frequently used after acupuncture, blood letting, or plum blossom treatment.

Cupping is frequently used to treat early stage colds and flu, trauma, and muscle pain, especially in the back and shoulders. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. These meridians are pathways in the body which the energy of life called Qi “chi” flows through.