is a medical practice where cups are placed on parts of the body to create
a suction effect which raises the skin and draws the blood to the surface.
It is used throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe to treat pain,
swelling, inflammation, migraine, rheumatism, bronchitis, and the common
cold. Recent studies suggest that it could also be a promising form of
treatment for a host of other ailments, as well. Blood immediately rushes
to the area, creating a painless bruise which actually feels good. Those
who have gone through the procedure claim it feels like a massage in
reverse. Instead of pressure bearing down against the skin, it feels like
the skin is being pushed outward, instead.
Depending on how the bruising occurs, its coloration, and how long
it lasts, practitioners can tell where problems are located and can
prescribe different treatments accordingly.