Cupping is an ancient therapy that has been used by many different cultures for over 3000 years and it has been part of mainstream medicine in Europe until the late 20th century. Cupping involves the principal of applying a vacuum to the treatment area to stimulate or regulate Qi and Blood circulation in the body. It is regularly used in the treatment of symptoms such as muscular and joint related stiffness or pain and difficulties with respiration and indigestion. There may be marks left on the skin from the cups but these usually disappear after a few days.