As mentioned in our last post, Hijama (cupping) can relieve the symptoms of many health conditions in ways that are not always fully understood by those who have studied the practise. It could be that the beneficial lifestyle and diet related advice that we usually offer, along with our therapy, has some part to play in these unforeseen after effects. Most of the time, this advice is very generalised and bound to improve the quality of life of most people that adhere to it, regardless of whether they suffer from any kind of health condition or not. Sometimes our in-clinic suggestions can be slightly more specific according to the abilities and limitations of each patient. For those with epilepsy, their limitations may outweigh their abilities, both mentally and physically.
Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain, often characterised by recurring seizures that can begin at any point in a person’s life and have an impact on them for various periods of time. It is one of the most common neurological conditions worldwide, affecting approximately 600,000 people in the UK alone. Epileptic seizures occur when the information carrying, electrical impulses of the brain experience an abrupt bout of activity that prevents its cells from functioning properly. The way that the body handles this outburst depends on the its location in the organ itself. When having an epileptic seizure, some people may notice sensory, emotional and physical disturbances yet remain fully conscious the entire time. Others lose control completely, falling to the floor and remaining in an state of uncontrollable motion.
Although the exact cause is unknown, many health professionals believe that epilepsy can be genetically inherited or the result from damage to the brain, normally via a stroke, a tumour in or infection of the brain, severe injury to the head, reduced oxygen levels present at birth or the misuse of drugs or alcohol. Symptoms of epilepsy include:
- loss of awareness accompanied by blank staring
- uncontrollable jerking or shaking movements
- odd body-related sensations
- collapsing with or without warning
- short term confusion
At Pure Therapy Clinic, our practitioners apply cups to the systemic points of epileptic patients in order to relieve them of their symptoms. Not only are these points highly effective when treating head-related issues such as migraines, they are also used when treating additional health conditions that those with epilepsy sometimes share, such as anxiety and insomnia. As well as suggesting increased water intake to eliminate dehydration, we advise our patients to avoid unhealthy meals, particularly fast foods, and to consume more vitamins and minerals daily, for example drinking spinach smoothies first thing in the morning.
For more information about the systemic points, check out our previous post: Why do we treat the systemic points with Hijama (cupping)?
In our experience, many patients with epilepsy have reported a significant reduction in the frequency or intensity of their seizures, especially after the second Hijama session. Some have not had to suffer through a seizure since, although this is not always the case, and most have mentioned that they were able to sleep better after the treatment too. Majority of our patients achieved these results without having cups placed directly on their heads.
We hope that this information has benefited you, our dear readers, and we would love to hear from you. Comments, questions and weekly topic suggestions are always welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading!
The Pure Therapy Team