Fire Cupping is a method of treatment that involves heating the air inside a special glass cup and placing the inverted cup on part of the body. A vacuum is created, which anchors the cup to the skin and pulls the skin upward into the cup causing tissues to release toxins. This activates the lymphatic system which helps clear colon blockages, can reduce stretch marks, improve varicose veins, diminish swellings and pain by warming and promoting the free flow of qi and blood.
Cupping is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases , the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain.
This technique, in varying forms, has also been found in the folk medicine of Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, modern Greece, Mexico, and Russia, among other places, including Iran where it is called 'bod-kesh' meaning literally 'pull with air'. Cupping was also commonly used as a Eastern European Jewish folk remedy. This has become very popular recently with many hollwood celebrities showing off their cupping marks.