Hijama (cupping) and Anaemia

Greetings, dear readers

Lots of us walk around feeling tired most of the time. There are many things that can contribute to that, such as a lack of sleep, a poor diet and a stressful lifestyle. However, there is a certain degree of exhaustion that is almost unique to anaemia. Although its odd spelling may seem unfamiliar, the condition is a well known one, often referred to as ‘low iron’. It has become increasingly common over time, especially in women, regardless of whether they are pregnant or not. There are different levels and types of anaemia and how an individual manages their condition differs from person to person. Many people are not aware that they have anaemia, assuming that they are just ‘a bit tired’. Other people have been known to suffer from the effects of the condition, which can have a negative impact on their overall quality of life.

Despite being known as ‘low iron’, anaemia is actually caused by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the body. This causes a deficiency in the body and it is not always related to iron, which is needed to produce hemoglobin. As mentioned before, there are different types of anaemia such as those relating to a deficiency in vitamin B12, which is used to keep the nerves healthy and fully functional. A lack of folate in the body, also known as folic acid anaemia, can decrease the production of red blood cells, which are needed to transport nutrients, oxygen and waste throughout the body.

Most of the time, it’s exactly what it looks like in this picture (1)

Anaemia can be caused by a number of factors, including the absence of vitamins or minerals needed to make hemoglobin, the red blood cells produced not working properly or via excessive bleeding wherein red blood cells are destroyed or lost. When this happens, the body becomes unable to function, leading to increased susceptibility to illness, infection or the development of heart or lung complications. If left untreated, severe cases of anaemia can be life threatening, particularly to those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.

Causes of Anemia
Whoever knew anaemia could be caused by cancer or genetics? (2)

Alongside constant tiredness, anaemic patients display a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • lack of energy

  • physical weakness

  • noticeable or increased heartbeats (palpitations)

  • dizziness

  • paleness of the skin

  • breathlessness

  • headaches

  • loss of hair

  • difficulties in concentrating

  • insomnia

  • leg cramps

The link between anaemia and Hijama is a very important one. Many practitioners fail to acknowledge how risky Hijama can be where patients with anaemia are concerned. In terms of the danger it can pose, treating an anaemic patient is similar to performing Hijama on someone with significantly low blood pressure. However, these are two very different conditions and we aim to discuss blood pressure and its relationship with Hijama at a later date. Removing cellular waste and blood from an anaemic patient can be dangerous, especially if the individual is already feeling weak. This is because, depending on the level of their condition, the patient is already lacking red blood cells or hemoglobin and feeling the effects of this deficiency. Further removal of red blood cells can limit the amount of nutrients and oxygen being carried into the tissue and the quantity of waste being transported away. Decreased red blood cells or hemoglobin in the body can also slow the rate at which this cellular exchange takes place, creating more time in between the demands of the body and its ability to meet such requirements.

Keep a sharp eye out for these symptoms. By doing so, you could end up saving a life (3)

At Pure Therapy, if we feel that it is not safe for an anaemic patient to go ahead with wet cupping, we sometimes offer dry cupping as an alternative form of treatment. By doing so, we ensure that the safety of the patient is prioritised and prevent them from leaving the clinic without having benefitted during their visit. Dry cupping is an excellent way of treating or preparing patients who are not physically or mentally able to cope with the scratches and blood filtration associated with wet cupping. However, by adhering to strict guidelines, it is possible for some anaemic patients to receive wet cupping from experts in the field.

We hope that this information has benefitted 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

Images referenced from:
(1) http://www.shandurtimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/73330_01.png
(2) http://www.skinsheen.com/userfiles/files/Causes%20of%20Anemia.jpg
(3) https://rxplorer.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/anemia.png

4 thoughts on “Hijama (cupping) and Anaemia

  1. jazakAllahukhairan for the nice guidance.I have one question ,females who are suffering from polycystic ovaries and such kind of hormonal imbalance ,which points should be cup? and should it be on 5th day of period only?

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    1. Hello Noshin,
      Thank you so much for your question.
      At Pure Therapy, when treating polycystic ovarian syndrome and other hormone-related health conditions, we place cups on the ovary points. These are located low down on the back of the patient.
      As for the timing of the treatment, as far as we are aware, these Hijama points can be treated on any day of the patient’s menstrual cycle.
      For more information, why not check out our blog post: Hijama and Menstrual Pain?
      Have a good day/night!


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