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Cupping is an ancient medical treatment that is still regularly used in Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern medicine practices of today. It involves the placement of small glass cups or bamboo jars, of varying size, as suction devices on parts of the body to draw out stagnant blood to the surface of the skin. Cupping is thought to pull blood to a certain area, and improve circulation, reduce inflammation, loosen up muscles and joints, and speed healing. Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, veins and arteries can be refreshed.