Cupping is a cleansing technique often practiced by Oriental Medical Practitioners. It helps to break up congestion and relieve pain in the area being treated. It can be especially useful for persons with edema, asthma, arthritis, and other painful or congested placed on the body. I have seen it done most often on the back.
A vacuum is created in small jars/cups using a candle or a special machine (made for this purpose). These cups are then placed on the area being treated for 5 to 20 minutes. The process will create *temporary* bruise marks on the area being treated. When I had it done, I found it very slightly painful.
I recommend you have it done by an experienced practitioner. If you want to try it yourself (with the assistance of a friend), there is a set of instructions in the following book:
The Herbs of Life
by Lesley Tierra
Moxibustion for common symtoms
You can purchase the specially-designed cups from:
Oriental Medical Supplies
1950 Washington St.
Braintree, MA 02184
This is a traditional yogic cleansing technique which is
excellent for persons who have difficulty breathing
through the nose (stuffed nose or allergies) or who tend
to get sinus infections. It is very easy to perform once
you get the hang of it.
Detailed instructions on how to perform this simple
cleanse can be found in the following book: