Cupping is a form of ancient Chinese treatment which was also used by the ancient Egyptians. Cupping stimulates life force energy through meridians in the body. Cupping is also called Hijama.
Cups used in Hijama are made of plastic or bamboo, but mostly glass. Before the treatment starts, oil is applied to the skin of the patient to help the cups glide during treatment.
How does Hijama or Cupping work?
A cloth soaked in alcohol is lit with fire and inserted into the cup to remove the air out of the container and create a vacuum. Bowls are immediately placed on top of meridian lines (found on your back) or any other treatment area on the patient's body. The gap causes the cup to suck the skin into it. The resulting suction pulls the blood deep down to the surface of the body. The improved blood and energy flow due to this results in healing.
Benefits of Cupping
- Faster Pain Relief
Cupping can relieve lower back pains and pains caused by arthritis. Other forms of pain that can be effectively treated with Cupping include headaches, migraines, dental pains, muscle pains and sciatica.
When a patient is experiencing pains caused by arthritis the cupping technique can be applied to the areas of discomfort. Cupping increases blood circulation and mobility; therefore, it is an effective treatment for conditions like rheumatism, lumbago, stiff neck, and tightness in shoulders.
- Get Rid of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In our fast-paced world, there is little time for rest and rejuvenation. Even if we find the time to take physical rest, we are mentally overloaded with digital distractions like smartphones, laptops, etc.
Over time the lack of proper rest and relaxation can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome. This can be a long-standing form of fatigue. Hijama or Cupping is an effective treatment for this condition.
- Relief from Lung Diseases
Cupping is an effective treatment for lung diseases like chronic cough, asthma, bronchial congestion, and pleurisy.
- Keeping the Skin Healthy
Often the health of your skin directly reflects what is happening inside your body. Cupping improves the skin's blood flow, increasing the supply of oxygen and essential nutrients required for healthy skin. It is also helpful in reducing the recurrence of acne and other skin diseases like eczema and cellulite, etc. Cupping therapy also helps expand the blood vessels to facilitate blood flow and remove toxic substances from the skin's surface.
- Relieving Digestive Problems
Cupping helps to reduce digestive problems caused due to chronic stress, malnutrition, or immune system response.
- Healing Urinary Diseases
Cupping therapy can be used to treat urinary diseases like kidney stones, urine retention, and abscess. Urine retention is treated by applying the cups to the lumbar region.
- A Way of Relaxation
Cupping also acts as a form of massage that provides relaxation. The energy and blood flow created by Cupping is an excellent form of relaxation.
- Faster healing
Strategically using Cupping can increase the blood flow to specific areas that need healing. Increased blood and energy flow will lead to faster healing.