1. Enhances blood & Qi circulation
As we get older, our blood flow weakens, causing excess “dampness”, fluids and waste to accumulate in the body. Cupping can help to remove this stagnation in the blood by expanding the blood vessels with the suction force and heat, increasing the blood flow as a result. It also opens up the meridians so that there is a better flow of Qi. With the pulling of muscles and skin that is achieved in gliding cupping, the circulation of Qi in the body will be stimulated and directed. Improved blood flow helps to promote cell repair, and the increased blood flow will quickly flush away toxins such as excess water and waste in the body, while building Qi can help with boosting and raising the metabolism. All these will lead to weight loss.
2. Improves metabolism
A weakened circulatory system prevents the delivery of fresh blood to cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, these organs become more metabolically inefficient. Cupping opens up the connective tissues, allowing fresh blood to move around the body. These cells, tissues, and organs can then grow and repair themselves, in turn further improving the body’s metabolism and promoting healthy weight loss.
3. Loosens visceral fats
Visceral fat, also known as organ fat or intra-abdominal fat, is the type of fat that collects around the organs. Having too much visceral fat can increase the risk for health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Cupping affects tissues deep beneath the skin and can help to loosen the visceral fats nestling around the organs, breaking them down so that they can be easily metabolised.
4. Removes damp stagnation
In TCM, ‘dampness’ in the body is an indicator of an imbalance due to the excessive retention of water or moisture within. Both the external environmental factors (e.g., living and working in an airconditioned room) and the body's internal environment (e.g., drinking cold drinks) can cause dampness. This imbalance can lead to the inability of the body to remove excess water optimally, and be an indicator of underlying conditions such as digestive issues and sluggishness. The suction and heat from cupping can be leveraged to expel this dampness and clear out any heat-toxin substances. With excess dampness removed from the body through cupping, weight loss and slimming could be experienced.
5. Activates the lymphatic system
As mentioned, cupping has the ability to open up the stagnant points in the body, supporting a better flow of Qi and improving blood circulation. At the same time, cupping can improve lymph circulation by activating the lymphatic system. This helps to get rid of the excess fluid retention and toxins, making cupping a great way to support weight loss.