Traditional Chinese medical theory states that fire cupping is used to dispel stagnation of blood, lymph and qi energy. Based on modern research we now know that cupping has many beneficial, scientifically validated actions.
The quick insertion of the fire wand into the cup before placing the cup on the skin causes negative pressure to form in the cup. This provides lift to the connective tissue web known as fascia. This lifting action causes 3 important things to happen:
1) It promotes the circulation of blood into the tissue. This improves oxygenation, enhances the absorption of micronutritients into the cells, helps eliminate waste products such as lactic acid, boosts the immune system, and improves healing response.
2) By lifting the fascia, the stretch receptors in the connective tissue are activated, resulting in a relaxation of muscle tone. This can reduce pain, improve the function and movement of joints, and simultaneously increase both strength and flexibility.
3) The lifting action on the fascia also causes a relaxation response on the entire nervous system. Fire Cupping has the ability to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in less stress, more calm, deeper sleep, improved organ function, and a stronger immune system.