Cupping is a very old technique involving the placement of glass, plastic, porcelain or bamboo cups on the body in a vacuum state. Suction is usually created with a flame or with a small pump. The cups can be stationary, sliding or walked around. Traditional therapeutic benefits include the promotion of circulation, dispersal of stasis and accumulated tissues, reduction of swelling and pain and the drawing out of toxins and pathogens if they are superficial.