Cupping therapy has been a part of Oriental Medicine for over 2,500 years. It is like a very deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies a number of small cups to the body and creates a vacuum effect which draws the skin to the cup. This results in the movement of fresh blood to the area, releasing toxins, increasing circulation of blood and lymph , relaxing tight muscles and reducing inflammation. Cupping can be used for various types of pain including back, leg, neck, shoulder, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs for treatment of respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis, asthma and more. It can also benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting and diarrhea.