What does Hijama (cupping) do for us?

Similar to many other treatments in the world, Hijama (cupping) can be combined with the knowledge of both natural and traditional therapists as well as professional doctors to provide patients with a systemically effective form therapy. Cupping therapists can make use of the Biopsychosocial (BPS) model, a framework that acknowledges the significance of biological, psychological and social influences on the overall health of a patient, when forming their treatment plans for an individual. By understanding the impact of these various factors, Hijama practitioners can improve their patients awareness of the small but powerful changes that they can make in order to improve their own quality of life. At Pure Therapy Clinic, we believe that Hijama therapy affects patients according to the BPS model too. But what does this mean exactly?

If you have been following this blog so far, you should be aware that our main focus has – and will probably continue to be – the biological influence of Hijama on the multiple systems of the human body and its function. Which is why we will not go into too much detail about how the therapy works. Instead, we’ll summarise some of the key benefits of cupping in relation to each of the eleven systems of the body and how neglecting regular Hijama treatments can have a devastatingly negative impact on every single one of them.

Can you spot which systems are missing? (1)

As expected from a therapy that often involves extracting blood-related substances, Hijama has a significant impact on the circulatory system. It can improve blood flow to various parts of the body, strengthens the walls of an individual’s blood vessels and lower both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Frequent Hijama detox treatments can reduce a person’s risk of suffering from a stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism. The respiratory system benefits from the same detox treatments. Both wet and dry cupping can improve the function of the lungs, allowing them to take in more oxygen and expel carbon dioxide with greater efficiency. It can also prevent the development of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders.

Hijama aids the digestive system by enhancing its ability to digest food, removing excess glucose from the blood and stabilising the amount of good bacteria in the gut. Without it, the stomach and intestines can unnecessarily suffer from prolonged exposure to inflammatory fluid, which interferes with its internal environment, leading to symptoms such as constipation, diahorrea, feeling bloated, nausea and other common digestive complaints. Cups placed directly over the kidneys help the renal system, allowing the body to filter waste products better, and can prevent an individual from experiencing kidney stones or any form of kidney disease. Certain cupping sites can also improve the function of the bladder.

The nervous systems needs the stimulation provided by Hijama, which activates the nerves and repairs any damage done to them by bathing the neurones in nutrients carried by blood and lymph fluid. Cupping can encourage the flow of cerebrospinal fluid around brain and spinal cord, improve the function of both which, in turn, can influence the overall health of the rest of the body. The nervous system is closely linked to the endocrine system; one causing instant but short term bodily reactions and the other supporting long term physiological changes in various systems via the production of hormones. Hijama can correct hormone imbalances within the body, removing any unneeded hormonal substances and combating the symptoms of stress. By doing so, it can reduce the devastating impact that stress usually has on the whole body.

Taking time out to relax is good for everyone. Even frogs (2)

Almost all forms of cupping therapy can aid the immune system. Some stimulate the immune response, enabling it to react faster and with greater accuracy, and stopping it from growing sluggish and unprepared. Wet cupping can remove excess lymph fluid that causes unnatural swelling in different parts of the body, reduce the symptoms of – and sometimes completely cure – allergies. Hijama can also improve the function of the reproductive system by increasing fertility in both men and women as well as save women from heavy and painful periods.

The effects of Hijama can be seen more visibly on the integumentary system, more commonly known as skin, hair and nails. It can be used to stimulate and rejuvenate skin damaged by many health conditions such as eczema and acne, revitalise patches of dry or blemished skin and remove toxins from the body that could cause further harm if left in place. Similarly, when the muscular system has been treated with cupping, the benefits can be witnessed both visually and quickly. Hijama therapists can stretch out muscles and improve the physical or athletic performance of their patients. Without it, muscles and joints alike remain in a stiff, nutrient-starved state that prevents them from working at full capacity. It can slow and even repair the wear and tear damage inflicted upon the joints by arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Lastly, cupping can penetrate deeper tissues in the body, including those of the skeletal system. It can increase bone density and slow down the natural aging process that causes bones to weaken over time.

And that’s just the biological aspect of the BPS model. Fortunately, although its psychological and social benefits can be just as complex and far reaching, we can keep it short and sweet and leave you to think about its extended bonuses. A good Hijama detox session can be very relaxing, which is great for preventing stress build-ups, regulating chemical imbalances in the brain and reducing the risk of emotional outbursts or breakdowns that may have long term negative consequences in a patient’s personal and professional life.

Friends who Hijama together, stay together. Sometimes (3)

An individual can improve their social bonds by bring a friend or family member along with them for treatment and feel secure enough to share their health concerns and feedback with their practitioner in relaxed environment. It can be an excellent way to nurture their own self-value, especially if they do not tend to experience self-care anywhere else. Whilst BPS is the official framework, some therapists add the effects of spiritual factors to their assessment, which would rename it: the biopsychosocialspiritual model.  Muslim patients can feel satisfied by the fact that they are practicing a highly recommended sunnah (religious) treatment and often hope to reap the spiritual rewards associated with the act.

We hope that this information has benefited you and we would love to hear from you more. Your comments, questions and weekly topic suggestions are always welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading!


Images referenced from:
(1) https://i.pinimg.com/736x/57/8f/1a/578f1a7cda3f79d960e5a8a670c11ca6.jpg
(2) https://i.pinimg.com/originals/59/bc/eb/59bceb4d1305b0b95919dfe94da6dddd.jpg
(3) https://spectatorhealth.imgix.net/content/uploads/2016/01/friends.jpg?auto=compress,enhance,format&crop=faces,entropy,edges&fit=crop&w=820&h=550

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