WHAT IS CUPPING OR HIJAMA?
Hijama or cupping is a safe, non-invasive and economical way of curing and preventing many diseases. Though the Chinese use of this method was limited to certain medical complications like lung infection, colds, to treat internal organs’ disorders, joint pain, etc, the scope of hijama benefits is much higher than this limit.
The word ‘hijama’ means ‘drawing out’ in Arabic. It is now being recognized as an alternative medicine or alternative way of treating different diseases and bodily disorders. Modern medical science also endorses the various benefits of hijama and even encourages its practice in certain diseases.
In this non-surgical procedure, toxic or ‘bad’ blood is drawn out from the body. Certain ‘hijama points’ on the body are addressed to do so. On such selected points, blood is encouraged to accumulate and then sucked out by using a little vacuum system. The blood is made to accumulate on the surface of the skin where minute incisions are introduced on the skin; the blood comes out from the incisions and is collected in a cup from where it is removed.
This is the oldest and the most effective method. A surgical tool called a lancet is used to scrape the skin . Tiny incisions are made on the surface of the skin before the cup is applied. As history moved on and we moved on in centuries, more cupping therapy methods developed and have become more into worldwide use.