Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Heat suction in a glass cup lifts muscle layers, opens pores and releases toxins. Cupping therapy can be stimulating and can cause bruising depending on the patient’s bodily response to toxin release and increase blood flow. Cupping therapy can improve overall circulation, prevent future tension and reduce recovery time. This form of therapy can be added to an acupuncture treatment or used as a stand-alone treatment for maintenance and prevention.