Hijama (cupping) and Homeostasis

Greetings, dear readers

Hijama benefits the body in a number of ways. This is a point that we would like to emphasise as much as we can. As mentioned in our second post, one of the benefits of Hijama is the removal of noxious substances from the blood stream, the cells directly beneath the Hijama cup and the tissues surrounding the area being treated. Another way that Hijama benefits the body is by aiding its homeostasis.

Mechanisms are in place to keep the balance (1)

What is homeostasis? It is an internal state that allows the cells to work best in order to sustain life. Homeo can mean ‘the same as’ and stasis can mean ‘a period of equilibrium’. Therefore, homeostasis would imply that the body needs to stay in this same state to remain in a period of internal equilibrium. From a biological point of view, homeostasis is an environment which is maintained by the control of several important mechanisms. An imbalance of the following factors can result in poor health, sickness and, in extreme cases, even death:

  • Temperature

  • Water levels

  • Glucose concentration

  • Oxygen supply

  • Waste removal

All mammals have a constant degree of heat within their bodies. The internal body temperature of a healthy human should be 37°C. An individual with a fever has a temperature whereas someone with a lower body heat would feel cold and need to move or cover themselves up to continue functioning normally. Heat stroke can occur when the body becomes over heated and hypothermia can happen when it becomes too cold. Hijama helps control the temperature of an individual by drawing blood to an area beneath the skin, bathing the temperature receptors in nutrients and facilitating the drainage of waste that may interfere with their task of detecting changes in both the external and internal environment of a person.

Ideal body temperature (2)

The water levels of the human body are controlled by the kidneys, which filter waste and excess fluid from the blood and turn it into urine. The urine is then expelled from the body after being stored in the bladder. By drawing blood to the kidneys, Hijama provides it with nutrients which enable it to function correctly. The same principle can be applied to the pancreas and liver, both of which manage the glucose concentration in the blood. Excess waste in any organ can obstruct its ability to function properly and, in severe cases, may cause it to stop working completely. This can be seem in the case of toxins clogging the airways, causing breathlessness and the over production of mucus or phlegm.

The kidneys filter waste (3)
The liver and pancreas manage glucose concentration (4)

Hijama affects the lungs in the same way, encouraging the alveoli within them to supply the blood with as much oxygen as possible. This oxygen is then carried by the blood to the cells, along with the essential nutrients. By aiding this, Hijama supplies oxygen to cells all over the body, having a systemic effect. There are three places on the back that are known as systemic points and two of them are in line with the lungs. Sometimes, the two kidney points lower down on the back are also included as systemic points. This is because the filtering of waste is important to the entire body in the same way as the oxygen and nutrient supply.

Alveoli in the lungs pass oxygen into the blood stream (5)

A healthy immune system, once stimulated by a perceived threat to the body, releases a number of agents such as leukocytes, also known as white blood cells, and cytokines, which alert the body of injury and infection. These agents break down pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites from various diseases, or foreign bodies, such as shards of glass, wood or even bone, turning it into waste. This waste is removed by the blood during capillary exchange or via the lymphatic system, as explained in our previous post. Hijama improves circulation, which would ensure that most of the waste is carried to the kidneys to be cleaned, and draws out any toxins that are left within the body tissues through the scratches that are made in the skin during a session.

The immune system protects the body against multiple threats (6)

From this explanation, we can conclude that Hijama aids homeostasis by supplying oxygen and nutrients to the vital organs and cells and removing waste via increased blood flow or venting of the toxins through small scratches in the skin.

We hope that this information has benefitted you, our dear readers.

Thank you for reading!

The Pure Therapy Team

Images referenced from:
(1) http://www.s-cool.co.uk/assets/learn_its/alevel/biology/homeostasis/general-principles-of-homeostasis/feedback.jpg
(2) http://drsircus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/lowbody2.png
(3) http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-communication-programs/nkdep/get-involved/talk-with-organization/share-with-patients/PublishingImages/NKDEP_AA_KidneyMan.jpg
(4) http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/EN/Assets/IMD_digestive_system_accessory_organs_EN_72.jpg
(5) http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/images_275
(6) http://homewithdee.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/immune-system.jpg

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