What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a form of traditional – alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. In other words, cupping (hijama) is the process of applying treatment to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum.
What Does It Involve?
During Cupping Therapy, cups are placed on the skin with suction, which is known to influence the flow of body energy and blood flow in the body. Suction is created using two methods 1) heat (fire) or 2) hand-held mechanical devices (this is what we use).
In case of Dry Cupping: Cups are left stationary for 15-25 minutes;
In case of Wet Cupping; in some cases small pin prick can be made on the area treated to pull stagnant/toxic blood to the surface of the skin (optional). It is claimed that this type of treatment is the most beneficial.
In case of Cupping Massage: Oil is applied to allow the cup to be moved over the body with suction.
What Are The Health Benefits?
Cupping therapy has been regarded as an effective way to stimulate blood circulation, resolve blood clogging, speed up cellular repair, invigorate immune function, detox as well as help to loose weight. It is also effective in treating It cold extremities in the limbs.
70% of diseases, pains and ailments are due to the blood being unable to reach certain parts of the body. Dry cupping (hijama) and dry massaging cupping (hijama) allow the blood to reach these places.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cupping to dispel stagnation — stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving Chi flow (energy flow — to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Wikipedia states that cupping is also claimed to treat a broad range of medical conditions such as;
- blood disorders (anaemia, haemophilia),
- rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions),
- fertility and gynaecological disorders,
- and skin problems (eczema, acne)
- also young children who have deficient immunity and often catch colds and flue, may benefit from Cupping Therapy
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Where Did Cupping Came From?
Cupping is not just a recent invention. It has a long history of usage. Cupping practice dates from as early as 3000 B.C. The earliest written record of cupping is found in Egypt, in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, dated at 1550 B.C. Archaeologists have found evidence of cupping in China , as part of acupressure and moxa, dating back to 1000 B.C.
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 B.C.) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. This method in multiple forms spread into medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations.
Throughout the ages, It has been known in local languages as baguan/baguar, badkesh, banki, bahnkes, bekam, buhang, bentusa, kyukaku, hijama.
Are There Any Counter-indications For Having Cupping?
Generally no. Although, cupping is not advised over skin ulcers or to the abdominal or sacral regions of pregnant women.
Can Cupping Be combined With Other Therapies To Maximize Its Effects?
Yes. One can reap greater benefits from Cupping if combined with e.g.