Hijama (cupping) and Tissue Repair

Greetings, dear readers

During the course of our last few blog posts, we have covered the impact of pathogens on cellular function and how the immune system works to rectify the problems caused by them. We have established that the immune response is one of the ways that the body maintains homeostasis. The process of tissue repair is part of the immune response. Therefore, this post can be considered a continuation of the last one.

At the end of the previous post, we mentioned that Hijama encourages the tissues to respond well to the inflammation. But what does that mean? First, let us take note of some of the effects of chromic inflammation so that we can better understand exactly what Hijama does in response. These can include:

  • Impaired function of area – A particular muscle, set of nerves or body part may stop working properly due to the build up of waste in the area.

  • Repeated stimulation of immune system – This can cause the body to grown weak over time, as a lot of energy is directed towards the defence of the body and all of its internal systems.

  • Atrophy – Without enough access to nutrients and oxygen, tissues and organs can start to waste away inside the body and will eventually become necrotic or die.

  • Fibrosis – After enduring repeated damage from unresolved cellular dysfunction, the tissue can become non functional, forming scar tissue instead of healthy tissue.

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Atrophy – Size can literally go away (1)

The destruction of cells due to chronic inflammation, or the effects of some other pathogenic activity, prompts the immune response, encouraging it to start repairing the tissues as soon as possible. During this process, the cells divide and migrate to the areas of the body that have been damaged. Upon arrival, the divided cells either replace tissue that can still function if it is fixed, which is known as regeneration or normal healing. Or they connect tissues made up of cells that can no longer function. This is known as fibrosis or scarring.

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Snapshots of scarring (2)

The efficiency of the tissue repairing process can be affected by a number of different aspects such as nutrition or calorie restriction, medication, personal or oral hygiene and the presence of dead or abnormal tissue. Each of these factors can have a positive or negative impact, depending on how they are managed by the individual.

For example, diet controls the amount and the type of nutrition that a person takes into their body. It can also interfere with how food and drinks are metabolised or digested. A healthy diet can ensure that the cells receive optimum nutrition to function to their fullest capacity. Poor nutrition or calorie restriction can limit how well individual areas of tissue work.

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It’s the same process. However, bad food does not co-operate (3)

Most medication is taken to induce a required biological response that has not occurred naturally, such as injected insulin for Diabetics, or to aid the function of an organ or a physiological system that has not been able to work properly, such as inhaled steroids for Asthmatics. Some medication is taken to inhibit certain natural reactions within the body, for example anti-histamine for those suffering from allergies, or to enhance them, such as laxatives for individuals with constipation. All of the aforementioned effects involve the cells which, in turn, have a direct impact of how the tissue repairs itself.

Medication-Review
Medication. Do you know how it effects you? (4)

Personal and oral hygiene is important when it comes to cellular function. This is because an individual can restrict the amount of damage they inflict upon themselves both internally and externally by taking care of themselves and keeping clean. Freeing their skin or the inside of their mouth from excess bacteria, fungi and the harmful remains of food or other substances can prevent illnesses or disease, which could otherwise cause the immune response to redirect its attention to another area of the body that may need it more.

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Cleanliness is good. No need to be confused (5)

The presence of dead or abnormal tissue can hinder the process of tissue repairing. Damage to blood vessels, extreme temperatures, various poisons or venom and certain injuries can result in dead or necrotic tissue. This kind of tissue can no longer resume its normal function nor can it connect to other cells like scar tissue. Examples of abnormal or foreign tissue include splinters in the skin, airborne particles in the eyes or lungs and any object that has entered the body or penetrated it in a harmful way. Foreign tissue can physically block cells from migrating to the site of damage and can cause further destruction of localised tissue.

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If you’re squeamish, do not look up necrotic tissue … (6)

Hijama aids tissue repair by boosting the immune system, drawing nutrients and oxygen to the tissue which increases the efficiency of every individual cell and removing waste, such as a build up of excess fluid or cell debris, which may prevent tissue regeneration or fibrosis. We have already discussed these three corrective mechanisms in previous posts. Acting as a sign post for localised pain in yet another way that Hijama supports tissue repair. By applying suction to an area of skin and making scratches, the practitioner attracts antibodies and other healing agents to the exact area that needs attention.

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

Thank you for reading!

The Pure Therapy Team

Images referenced from:
(1) http://growingleaders.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/muscle-atrophy.jpg
(2) http://buildmestronger.com/images/tissue.jpg
(3) https://www.wageningenur.nl/upload_mm/1/7/e/ebee0251-4de7-4329-80ef-ba92ab1c4c43_digestion.png
(4) http://lawtons.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Medication-Review.png
(5) http://cliparts.co/cliparts/pi5/8xR/pi58xRyKT.jpg
(6) http://image.slidesharecdn.com/radiologicaldiagnosisofforeignbody-150512104834-lva1-app6892/95/radiological-diagnosis-of-foreign-body-15-638.jpg?cb=1431435039
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