This is similar to the practice of Ti Na, a traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that targets acupuncture points as well as painful body parts, and is well known to provide relief through pressure. Most published studies, however, focus on wet cupping, which is a form of medicinal bleeding. Cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing the tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of varicose veins. Rubber cups are also available that squeeze the air out and adapt to uneven or bony surfaces. citation needed In practice, cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. Last April, Jennifer Aniston arrived at the premier of her film, “Call Me Crazy” looking stunning in a strapless black dress which revealed cupping marks. There is no scientific evidence that cupping can cure cancer or any other disease.” It is believed to restore the flow of “qi” -- the life force. Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases especially chronic cough and asthma, and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders as well. Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area. In this process, the skin is cut and the blood is pooled into the suction cup. Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years and it is still used today by many alternative medicine practitioners.
Advocates claim that cupping causes tissues to release toxins; activates the lymphatic system; clears colon blockages; helps activate ad clear the veins, arteries and capillaries; activates the skin; clears stretch marks; and improves varicose veins. For example, bamboo cups would be boiled in an herbal decoction just prior to applying to the skin this is one type of shuiguanfa, or liquid cupping, so-called because a liquid is incorporated into the treatment. In this case, the cups are hot and have a stimulating effect something like that of burning moxa wool. It flows through every body part, tissue, and organ.