Cupping may be trending at the moment, but the therapy can be traced back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern times.
The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including glass, bamboo and earthenware. They are heated and then placed along the back and, as the cups cool, they create a vacuum against the skin which stimulates blood flow. Each cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.
Cupping is done by using cups or suction pumps that vacuum and pull up the skin or body part to stimulate the blood and lymph flow to release stagnant energy which is stored. It also drastically improves blood circulation and relieves muscle pain. Other than this, cupping is traditionally used to treat other health conditions such as fatigue, anxiety and digestive problems.
Cupping therapy, which treats the body and leaves large circular purple marks in its wake, is now being performed on the face. According to The Hollywood Reporter, facial cupping treatments are among the most popular anti-aging treatments in Hollywood right now.
Contrary to the conventional big cups used, the practitioners would use much smaller cups, just roughly of the size of our fingers with rubber tube endings to make sure there's no mark left on the face. The cups would be applied mildly while no flames would be used to create the vacuum suction.