Cupping is an ancient technique that helps draw toxins out of the body. Cupping activates the stagnated systems consequently reducing the effects of disease and pain. During a typical cupping treatment, small glass cups and an open flame is used to create a vacuum effect on the skin. This opens the skin pores, which allows toxins to be released as Qi is encouraged to move throughout the body. The vacuum effect is also created with vacuum cupping set in which open flame is not used. Cupping is a safe treatment but can cause mild swelling and bruising on the skin. The vacuum effect draws the skin up causing the skin to expand. These bruises are typically painless and will disappear within a few days. In our clinic we use both traditional open flame cupping and vacuum cupping. Cupping therapy can be used together with Tui Na, Gua Sha and regular acupuncture treatment.