Cupping / wet cupping (HIJAMA)
What is cupping?
Cupping is an ancient therapy from China,
Middle East and Europe. One of the oldest
medicinal textbooks in the world, the Ebers
Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians
we're using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
There are many different methods of cupping
1. Dry cupping (suction only)
2. Wet cupping also known as Hijama, a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
How cupping works?
Cups are placed on the skin to create suction. Like acupuncture the cups are placed along the meridians of the body in order to unblock channels and create a smooth flow of energy, oxygen and blood throughout the body. In order to create a suction a flammable substance such as alcohol is placed inside the cup then taken out quickly before the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin. The air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as the blood vessels expand. The cups are generally left in place for 5-10 minutes.
Wet cupping / Hijama involves the application of plastic cups via a vacuum from which blood is then withdrawn by small incisions placed on the skin. This allows the release of blood stasis (congested blood) and toxins within the body.
At Natural Healing we may include other methods of treatments such as guasha, slide cupping and acupuncture in order to receive best results during your treatment.
What are the benefits of cupping and Hijama?
Cupping and Hijama can be recommended for people suffering from musculoskeletal pain, sore backs, hips or related pain, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, lung disease( chronic asthma and cough), injuries to soft tissue, fluid retention, varicose veins, fever, high blood pressure and much more !
Cupping is able to reach up to four inches into the body’s tissue causing toxins to be released, activating the lymphatic system, clearing colon blockages, blocked veins, arteries and capillaries which improves the appearance of varicose veins. Cupping can also activate the skin to clear stretchmarks and scar tissue. At Natural Healing we also include facial cupping in our cosmetic acupuncture treatments to help improve the appearance of your skin.
Frequently asked questions
Who is not suitable for wet cupping / Hijama?
Hijama (wet cupping) cannot be performed on patients who are on blood thinning medication, pregnant women, people with severely low iron (anaemia) and people who may be suffering from threatening conditions such as heart attack, cancer etc.
Are there any side effects?
Other than slight bruising and redness within the area were the cup was placed, there are no severe side effects. Some people may feel slightly light headed after the treatment due to the blood loss from the wet cupping. This is similar to what you may feel after having a blood test. Patients are given honey water and dates in order to increase their blood pressure after each treatment.
What should I do after the treatment?
In general after a cupping treatment you should rest your body and avoid any strenuous activity. keep your body covered to avoid any wind or pathogens entering the body.
If you have had wet cupping or Hijama you should avoid showering up to 24 hours in order to protect against infections or pathogens entering the body. In addition, it is recommended that you avoid eating meat and drinking dairy products in order to continue your detox journey. If the cupping area feels itchy avoid scratching the area and apply coconut oil, olive oil or black seed oil over the cupped area to smoothen the skin.
Does it hurt?