Fire Cupping is considered to be a form of acupuncture which has been practiced in China for 2500 years. The basic concept behind cupping is suction. This helps to alleviate areas of stagnation in the body by creating a vacuum inside the cup, that causes the skin to rise up inside the cup, and blood flow to rush to the area. This same procedure can also be useful for upper respiratory infections and other lung issues.
To apply cups an alcohol soaked cotton ball is set on fire and put inside the glass cup. It is removed quickly and the cup is placed on the patient’s skin. The lack of oxygen creates suction. The cups are left on for 10-12 minutes and then removed. Practitioners believe this to be the most effective method.