Tools & Equipment

Tools & Equipment

There are numerous characteristics and functions to consider when selecting cups and cupping sets that will be appropriate for a wellness provider. Considerations include cup material, color, shape, size, and count. 

Material and Design

Modern cups tend to be manufactured from silicone, glass, and plastic. Traditional cups have been made from animal horns, bamboo, and earthenware.

Glass Cupping Set is used for fire and wet cupping which are traditional methods; both methods are not highly practiced due to liability and safer cupping set options.

Plastic Cupping Set which incorporate plastic cups with a suction pistol-grip hand pump to create the suction. The material is durable, typically see-through, and easy to disinfect. The suction gun feature creates a strong, consistent pressure level which is highly effective for park cupping techniques. The suction gun provides control over the amount of suction with valve release. The hose that is used to pull the oxygen from the cup can be removed for hygienic purposes. The removal of the hose will be easier to cup and the client doesn’t feel the brushing sensation of the hose on their skin if it gets too close. While gun pump cupping is effective with glide cupping techniques, it is not as flexible as silicone cups. 

Silicone Cupping Set use a squeeze action to create the suction and are durable, flexible, and inexpensive. The silicone cups are highly effective with glide cupping techniques due to the soft and pliable material. The silicone cups are not as strong with park cupping techniques compared to the plastic cupping set with a suction gun. Silicone cups come in bell or bulbous design. The technique in working with each shape varies; review manufacturer’s training material to avoid hand fatigue.


The color of cups ranges from transparent to color. Highly recommend a transparent cup to be able to perform plateau monitoring. The ability to observe the skin color changing is important for proper observation and client safety. 


The diameter of a cup comes in numerous sizes; from 0.35" diameter for eye and lip region to 2.7" for a larger surface area, like the back. Medium size used for the neck or face. The importance of various sizes provides flexibility in techniques, treatments, and body areas.