Why did we choose Hijama (cupping)?

There were so many complementary therapies and alternative remedies that we could have decided to practice and use to help people. We had theory books, online courses and accredited qualifications detailing numerous clinical and homeopathic practices available, just like any other fledgling health practitioner. We could have chosen to look into acupuncture, chiropractic or reflexology. Instead, we chose Hijama (cupping) as our main form of treatment at Pure Therapy Clinic. Why? In addition to its significance as a religious practice, we had another reason for selecting Hijama over all other therapies. Ever heard of the proverb ‘prevention is better than cure’? Hijama can be both a prevention and a cure.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – Benjamin Franklin (1)

As mentioned in a previous post, the benefits of Hijama seem to be endless whilst our understanding of the practice is limited by a lack of solid research. That being said, we still have so much room to learn more about it as a subject and to improve ourselves as resourceful cupping practitioners. Hijama can be used to treat and prevent a wide range of different ailments and injuries, from autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and psoriasis to sports injuries such as torn ligaments and tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.

When performed correctly and combined with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, Hijama can provide both rapid and long term relief from all sorts of symptoms, especially pain and swelling. Wet cupping is very effective for treating organs that have become fatigued from over stimulated – leading to conditions such as kidney and liver failure – or weakened by a lack of physical stimulus – for example, an inactive person wheezing or feeling dizzy after going up the stairs due to their under stimulated lungs and heart.

Just like muscles, organs can get both over- and under-worked too (2)

Hijama is a practice that can be combined with other complementary therapies to enhance a variety of treatment plans. Though it can relieve patients from a vast array of symptoms, it may not be particularly effective against other health complaints. However, since it can be used alongside other therapeutic techniques and natural remedies, such as acupuncture and homeopathy, patients are able to receive treatment that improves their condition whilst maintaining their overall health and safety. This brings us to our next point.

Maybe because they are both traditional Chinese remedies, cupping and acupuncture are often combined into a single treatment (3)

Cupping therapy comes in many forms, including:

  • wet cupping
  • static dry cupping
  • massage cupping
  • flash cupping

Certain cupping techniques may suit some people better than others. Patients seeking the benefits of many other therapies are usually limited to only two options; they can either have the treatment or they cannot. Hijama treatments can be tailored to suit different patients, taking their age, health and individual needs into consideration. They have a third option that allows them to agree to the kind of cupping suitable for them. If a patient is anxious about having treatment, they can experiment with dry cupping and use it to find out their own physical and psychological limits. Someone who is not keen on having marks left on their body can have flash cupping instead of wet cupping, though they may not achieve the same results. Patients with sensitive skin have no reason to endure painful procedures because the negative pressure or suction within the cup can be adjusted by the practitioner during the session. With the exception of wet cupping, most other cupping techniques can be performed on patients on a more regular basis, depending on the comfort of the patient and the advice of the practitioner.

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

Images referenced from:
(1) http://www.needforex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Prevention-is-better-than-cure.png
(2) ak9.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/10376099/thumb/10.jpg
(3)  https://www.moveep.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/IMG_1539.jpg

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