Can at-home cupping therapy help your aches and pains?

Dating back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian medicine, at-home cupping is a popular form of alternative therapy for pain. Here’s if and how you should try it

Cupping is an
alternative therapy which uses suction to increase blood flow and potentially
reduce pain. As well as getting cupping done by a professional, there’s a
growing range of at-home cupping devices now available, ranging from silicon
cups to smart electronic powered devices.
They claim to offer
the benefits at home; helping with pain reduction, increased circulation and
relaxation, but how do they work and are they effective and safe to use?
Cupping has been
practised for thousands of years and can be traced back to ancient Chinese and
Egyptian medicine. In recent years, cupping became famous as a form of
alternative medicine, thanks to the red marks it can leave and celebrity fans
like Michael Phelps, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.