Learning Objective: Explain Therapeutic Benefits and Indications of Cupping on the Body Systems

Cupping Therapy has a wide range of benefits and can be offered to many different people with different needs and lifestyles. Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the body and holds the body together from the surface to the inner depths, bringing together the blood vessels, bone, lymphatic vessels, nerves, tissues, interstitial fluids, and organs. Fascia is all one membrane that folds in on itself, creating envelopes and pockets.  

Cellular Activity

Cellular activity or blood and body fluids circulate through the fascia to bring it warmth, fluid, and nourishment. Every part of the body is invested in some kind of fascial element; when one part of the body moves, the body as a whole responds by way of neural pathways and muscle movement and coordination. 

Fascia is one unit and interconnected; cupping treats the superficial fascia through to the tissues and muscles to affect the organs. Cupping can work up to four inches deep into the fascia, connecting the external body to the internal organs. Cupping not only restores the integrity and health of the connective tissues, but also the organs and all the body metabolic functions, and because the fascia is alive, it responds well to stimuli or cupping.

Positively Impacts the Skin

Cupping positively impacts the skin, nerves, and muscles under the cups by stimulating the blood vessels in the skin, improving and regulating the metabolic process of the circulation, nervous, and muscular systems with temperature rises, exchange of waste gases. The increased circulation purifies the blood and relaxes the muscles.