While it may not look pleasant, cupping is definitely intriguing.
It is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China and involves placing cups on the skin to create suction.
There are two types: Wet cupping and Dry cupping. With wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood. After the cups are removed, the practitioner may cover the previously cupped areas with ointment and bandages.
Does cupping work?
A number of studies have examined this question, but unfortunately don’t seem to have convincingly answered it. In fact, a 2015 review of the evidence found that cupping might provide some relief for chronic neck or back pain, but that the quality of the evidence was too limited to draw firm conclusions.
Is this something you can try?