How it works

  1. The practitioner starts by selecting the appropriate cups, typically made of glass or bamboo. These cups are sterilised to ensure cleanliness and safety.
  2. A small amount of flammable material, such as alcohol-soaked cotton, is placed inside the cup. The practitioner then quickly ignites the material and places the cup upside down on the skin at specific acupuncture points or areas of tension. As the flame consumes the oxygen inside the cup, it creates a vacuum, causing the skin to be drawn into the cup.
  3. The cup is left in place for a few minutes or may be moved around the skin’s surface using a gliding technique. The suction created by the cup promotes blood flow, helps release fascial restrictions, and encourages the flow of energy (Qi) in Traditional Chinese Medicine.