Cupping can be very effective in reducing stress and improving the circulation of blood and lymph. It can either be done as dry or wet cupping. The history of cupping and cup massage goes back thousands of years. Therapists in ancient China used cups in combination with acupuncture. Later it was widely used at the time of the Roman Empire.
Galen, who was a well-known Roman physician, applied cups onto the skin of patients after he had made small superficial cuts. During the Golden Age Avicenna described the effectiveness of using cups for “curing bad blood”. He was regarded as a founder of modern medicine.
Amongst his books are The Book of Healing and The Canon of Medicine.