For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases especially chronic cough and asthma, and paralysis, although it does have application for other problems. “People used blood-letting in certain seasons to give a fresh start into their year,” she explains. This is called gliding cupping. Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is also part of Oriental medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience.