Cupping is a traditional healing method that was used in European, as well as Asian, culture. Cupping may be used instead of acupuncture, or combined into a treatment. It’s especially recommended for painful conditions resulting from a local blockage of Qi and circulation. Through the use of a hand pump a vacuum is created. The cup is then applied to the affected body part. The cups remain in place 10 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, circulation is improved. Some bruising is possible, though the procedure is not painful.