HIJAMA or Cupping what exactly is it?
HIJAMA is an incredibly effective way to remove toxins from the blood. Many of my readers won’t be familiar with the name Hijama, but you made have heard about cupping therapy. These are the same thing, but why is cupping so widely used these days? And what are the benefits?
Well first of all, cupping therapy is not a new technique even though it’s fast becoming the ‘buzz therapy’ of the Western world. Like many other therapies and techniques, we Westerners adopt them as if we created them all by ourselves. After saying this, it isn’t always a bad thing to learn new ways of healing ourselves & others. Eastern therapies like cupping, are practised now more than ever before – let’s face it, we’re a pretty stressed out nation when you come to think about it. So what is HIJAMA?
Some say cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine, others say it’s an Islamic medicine. What we know for a fact, is that cupping is, and has been used in many cultures for hundreds of years but the Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC and one of the oldest medical textbooks in the Western world, describes the Egyptians’ use of cupping, while mentioning similar practices employed by Saharan people. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 BC) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems.
Hijama involves the application of cups on certain points on the body. There are 2 types of Hijama, Wet & Dry. First lets look at Wet Hijama. Wet cupping involves small incisions being made in the skin with a tiny blade, then glass cups are placed over those incisions to draw up the blood. The blood is drawn into the cup by a vacuum made by fire. The practitioner carrying out Hijama, will use a cotton wool ball soaked in surgical spirits and set alight. This will be quickly put in and out of the glass cup to create a vacuum before each cup is applied to the skin. The cup doesn’t get hot, but the vacuum will draw up the skin and of course the blood from the incisions. This all sounds really gruesome, in fact it’s completely painless. Dry cupping, works in exactly the same way except there are no incisions made in the skin. Sometimes a practitioner will use glass cups for dry cupping, but more often than not he or she will use plastic cups with a kind of pump to suck up the skin. The aim of Hijama, is to extract stagnated or congested blood from certain points around your body. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. But because this therapy works on a very deep level, encouraging healthy bloodflow, means the body is able to heal quicker from other more serious diseases.
What are the benefits of cupping therapy?
* Improve blood flow.
* Improve immunity by increasing lymphatic output.
* Reduce inflammation.
* Calm the nervous system.
* Stretch muscles and connective tissue.
* Loosen restrictions and adhesions in the tissue.
* Provide relaxation.
* Optimize athletic performance.
* Remove toxic blood which carries disease around
* Allows the flow and circulation of health blood