Cupping involves the placement of warm glass cups along the meridians or on painful areas of the body. When the cups cool, suction is created on the skin. This suction increases the flow of blood and Qi to the area, loosens muscles and sedates the nervous system. Commonly cupping is used to stop pain and soreness but can also be used to alleviate many other issues including the symptoms of a common cold and respiratory issues such as coughs and wheezing.  Cupping can improve circulation and reduce menstrual symptoms.  Most patients find cupping to be a relaxing experience. It is common for cupping to leave a non-painful bruise like mark that can last for a little more than a week.  After a cupping treatment it is important to keep  marks covered and to not shower for 24 hours.