Traditional Chinese saying Cupping therapy is an integral part of the traditional healing arts. Cupping increases blood circulation to targeted areas. The technique involves igniting an alcohol-soaked cotton ball gripped by a hemostat, then holding it inside the opening of the glass cup to heat the air within.Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines. Cupping causes a reflex mechanism that helps to reduce or eliminate pain and promote circulation.