Hijama - Wet Cupping
Hijama or wet cupping is a complementary therapy used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine and Islamic medicine practices. Hijama is a form of blood letting which helps promote good health and wellbeing.
It involves the use of silicon or glass cups of varying sizes placed on the skin on areas of pain or discomfort or specific acupuncture points. The cups are placed on by suction, either with the use of flame or a little suction device. The suction action pulls the skin and fascia into the cup creating a little dome. After a few minutes the cup is removed and small, superficial cuts are made on the domed skin. The cup is then reapplied and left for a certain time. The suction pressure under the cup, stimulates blood to trickle out of the cuts and cleanses the diseased or inflamed area of pain on the body. The blood being removed is thought to be stagnant blood which when removed reduces the inflammation in the area and stimulates healing. The pressure exerted under the cup also stretches the fascia and muscles below relieving tension and stimulating tissue repair.
Hijama is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment. It is a holistic, safe, organic and beneficial procedure and assists the recipient in attaining optimum health, through physical, mental and emotional balance. The treatment can be done at any time, but the best time is during the full moon week or shortly before or after the full moon.
Hijama may be beneficial for treating the symptoms of many conditions, especially musculoskeletal concerns. It is an effective, safe method of helping your own body to prevent, heal and cure itself of symptoms associated with illnesses including aches and pains.
The history of Hijama
Cupping has a long history throughout the world, being practiced by many different cultures over 1000’s of years. Cupping has traditionally been both dry (no blood letting) or wet (blood letting). In middle eastern Islamic traditions, Hijama at one point was carried out by barbers. The barber’s pole came to be a symbol of the legacy of hijama. The barbers used to advertise and decorate their shops with ribbons or used linens and bandages. These were white but reddened with blood after treatments. The ball at the top of the pole was originally a bowl of leeches as leeches were used to perform hijama at one point. Red symbolised blood, white was the bandages and blue were for the veins. To this day, medical grade leeches are used in hospital settings for some western medical conditions.