Suction cups made of bamboo, pyrex glass or plastic may be also used in an acupuncture treatment. The cups are applied using a suction method to soft tissue areas such as the back, shoulders and thighs.
Suction cups are often used to help alleviate symptoms associated with a variety of conditions.

For example, on the upper back for colds, coughs, asthma and bronchitis, musculoskeletal problems and sporting injuries spasms around the ribs in the upper back, lower back pain and sciatica and constipation.