Fire is used to remove the oxygen in a glass cup before being put onto the patients skin. The lack of oxygen creates negative pressure, and tissue is suctioned up the cup. The suction stimulates the lymphatic system, increases circulation to stagnant areas, and loosens adhesions in myofascial tissue.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes cupping opens up meridian pathways to allow Qi (chi) to flow through. When the Qi flows freely, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well being.