HIJAMA: Cupping Therapy
Cupping is performed in a number of different steps.
Cupping is known as Hijama, an Arabic word. It is an ancient curing method for different diseases. This non-surgical way to draw out unnecessary toxic blood from specific points on the body, where the cups are applied to each disease or infection and may cure the illness without any side-effects. Cupping is performed in a number of different steps.
The common points for Hijama are between the shoulders on the back. It has several benefits and cupping can successfully cure gastric problems, joint and muscular pain, fever, skin diseases, asthmatic problems, feelings of anxiety or depression, low fertility etc. It is extremely important to get it done by an experienced Unani doctor who uses properly cleaned and sterilized instruments.
Cupping centers must have trained doctors and the treatment would be in the hygienic. Cupping therapy might be trendy now in our valley, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient world.
There are different methods of cupping therapy including:
Dry and Wet cupping
A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move on your skin for a massage like effect.
Wet cupping creates a mild suction. The therapist uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin to draw out a small quantity of blood.
According to WebMD, cupping has been in use since 1,550 BC. As recently as 2012, the National Institute of Health published study results indicating cupping deserves closer study as an effective treatment for pain and other health issues.
Cupping gets its name from the main “tools of the trade” – the cups. Cups can be made of glass, bamboo or plastic. There are several techniques for cup placement, but all draw the skin up into the inner cup, promoting relaxation, better circulation and what practitioners like to call “inverse massage.”
13 Marvelous Benefits of Cupping Therapy That Can Help You Heal
Now read on to learn about 13 of the best benefits of cupping therapy!
1: Relief from pain: The cups stretch the tissues to reduce stiffness and ease pain.
2: Relief from allergies and asthma: Evidence exists that cupping has been used to treat allergies and respiratory issues for over 3,000 years!
3: Relaxation and de-stressing: Cupping’s unique “inverse massage” effect provides very specific relaxation to muscle and tissue groups that are critical to relief but often overlooked by more general therapies.
4: Detoxification: Cupping can detoxify your body right at the level of the skin and blood supply, sloughing off dead skin cells and immediately carrying unwanted toxins out of the body via the blood stream and circulatory system.
5: Reduction in inflammation: Cupping helps reduce inflammation by improving circulation to the area that hurts. As the blood flows in, new vessels are created to bring healing oxygen and nutrients to the wound.
6: Clearer, smoother skin: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cupping is now thought to deliver more effective results for acne and blemishes than even antibiotics!
7: Cellulite reduction: If there is cellulite, that lumpy, bumpy surface layer of skin that no amount of dieting or exercise seems to reduce. Cupping, by reducing fluid build-up and sloughing off dead skin can create smoother skin.
8: Anti-aging benefits: Cupping has been in use for centuries for just this reason. Smoother, clearer, detoxified skin shows wrinkles and scars less and just looks younger.
9: Relief from digestive upset: One of the primary ways cupping reduces digestive upset is through reducing stress and promoting relaxation (this makes it particularly effective for chronic stress-based conditions like IBS).
10: Reduction in carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms: For anyone who has ever felt the shooting, stabbing pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. The Journal of Pain reports that just one session can significantly reduce symptoms.
11: Faster healing from colds and flu: Cupping is particularly effective at helping to dislodge and drain mucus and phlegm from the sinuses and respiratory system. At the same time, cupping can boost immune response to promote overall faster healing.
12: Relief from migraine headaches: According to the National institutes of Health (NIH), cupping has shown a positive reduction of migraine headache pain and symptoms over time.
13: Reduction in back and neck pain: The Mayo Clinic reports that back pain is one of the most common health problems for people today. Science Direct published a study results that indicate cupping is an effective means to find immediate relief from chronic pain, including back pain and neck pain.
Cupping is completely safe and most people even report enjoying their treatments.
The typical appointment will last 20 to 30 minutes. You can ask any questions you have before your session begins. Typically you will wear a gown and will lay down on a massage-type table for your treatment. Depending on the area to be treated and your reason for the appointment, a bit of oil may be applied to the skin first.
The cups may be placed at stationary points or the practitioner may move them around on your body. The number of cups placed on your body will depend on what area of your body is being treated and what you are being treated for.
There are many places in our valley that offer this service in private and Government hospitals like Govt. AYUSH Hospitals, Cupping Centres, Private Clinics today to help speed healing after surgical procedures and during rehabilitation from injuries. So perhaps it won’t be long before cupping is being used in a similarly widespread way!
Dr Aabid Altaf Wani is cupping therapist.