Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. Suction can also be created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, or by using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad over an insulating material like leather to protect the skin, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. “If they were not, you used chemicals to put it in order,” says Totelin. “So it tends to improve circulation. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. Variations of this treatment were used by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in other Asian and European countries. “You would blood let if you have too much blood,” says Totelin. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone. “Cupping was more common,” says Totelin about the treatment which is still practice today in Chinese medicine. “People would place a cup to draw blood out of the body or to prevent getting sick.” Many people died from mercury poisoning, rather than the disease it was meant to cure. Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. Last April, Jennifer Aniston arrived at the premier of her film, “Call Me Crazy” looking stunning in a strapless black dress which revealed cupping marks. Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Guarneri is foundered and director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. and Taylor Academy for Integrative Medicine Education and Research located at Pacific Pearl La Jolla in La Jolla, A. However, there are varieties in the tools used, the methods of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment. 16 The cups can be various shapes including balls or bells, and may range in size from 1 to 3 inches 25 to 76 mm across the opening. Fire heats the inside of the cup and a small amount of suction is created by the air cooling down again and contracting. As the fire goes out, he puts the cup upside down on your skin. You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup.