Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in the Middle East and China. It involves placing cups on the skin anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes to create suction. The suction may facilitate blood flow to the region applied.
Since cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed, it may relieve muscle tension and pain in the area. This can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.