In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation and improving Qi flow. The underlying tissue is raised and sucked up partway into the cup, its purpose to help enhance circulation, relive pain and remove pathogens and toxins from the body. It can be used to treat a number of conditions and is commonly used to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping is also commonly used to help treat pain in musculoskeletal conditions and can be used on back, neck, and shoulders. Cupping can cause the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic block under the area that was treat. The skin discoloration can last from anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks but is rarely very painful. There are a number of methods to help create the vacuum in the cups the most ancient and traditional methods is the use of a flame , known as fire cupping. This is where fire is used to create the vacuum within the cup before it is placed on the skin. This traditional method of Fire cupping is the preferred use of treatment in our clinic.