By Jeffrey Singer, an excerpt from "Acupuncture, A Brief
Cupping is another type of treatment. This
is a method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying suction through a
metal, wood or glass jar, in which a partial vacuum has been created. This
technique produces blood congestion at the site, and therefore stimulates it.
Cupping is used for low backache, sprains, soft tissue injuries, and helping
relieve fluid from the lungs in chronic bronchitis.