Cupping is a widely known method used throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to treat a number of illness. Although cupping has been practice in the United States for quite sometime, it recently became popular through Michael Phelps, an Olympic swimmer, who used cupping to recover quicker and to reduce soreness. Cupping can be use to divert blood flow and remove toxins from the body by using a specialize cup, shaped to create a vacuum. Suction can be created though a pump or by using a flame to heat the cup and as it cools down, creates a vacuum. Cupping can also be used for reducing pain, breaking up inflammation, increase blood flow, deep tissue massages to name a few.