Why do we need Hijama (cupping)?

Is the blood extracted during Hijama (cupping) suitable for donation? Is menstrual blood the same as Hijama blood? Is the sticky substance left in a Hijama cup simply partially dried blood? Many of these are common questions asked by people who share an interest in the topic. The answer to all of the above share a single answer: No. However, the title of our blog post today is a shockingly rare question. Though we have covered the basics of how Hijama aids the body and touched upon some misconceptions linked to these enquiries in a previous post, there is always enough space for a little more detail. We aim to provide relevant information by answering a single query: What is extracted during Hijama sessions? Or, rather, what exactly are toxins that are removed from the body?

For more information about blood and cellular waste, check out one of our very first posts at Hijama and “Bad Blood”?

The toxins referred to in this post are those that have invaded – or been produced by – the body itself. The word toxic is a synonym of the word poisonous, meaning that a substance is capable of damaging the cells of the body enough to cause illness and even death. Whether they may be released due to specific chemical reactions or present because they have penetrates the outer layers of the body, toxins prevent the cells from functioning in an optimal state. Every living organism is continuously threatened by the production and invasion of toxins from the day they are born until the day they die. Hence the reason that an intricate mechanisms, such as the immune response, are constantly being developed over time.

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There are many types of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Sometimes there are too many (1)

Many kinds of toxins exist in the environment of an individual even before they reach the internal tissues of his or her body, usually via ingestion, contact or airborne channels. Some make their way through open wounds in the skin, such as superficial cuts and surgically created openings. Others are often drawn in through the natural orifices of the body, such as the mouth, nose and anus. However, there are also toxins that are formed within the body due to chemical processes such as digestion, respiration and cell metabolism. Examples of both internally and externally manufactured toxins include:

  • Viruses e.g Hepatitis and HIV
  • Bacteria e.g Staphylococcus and E. Coli
  • Fungi e.g Candida Albicus and Tinea Pedis
  • Cells that have been damaged or devitalised by injury or disease
  • Fragments of bone from certain types of fractures and significant or repetitive impact
  • Foreign matter such as inhaled dust and mold or splinters of wood and glass
  • Chemicals from food preservatives and pesticides
  • Pollutants in the air from cars, factories and various scented sprays
  • Small mineral particles left over from digested food
  • Cellular waste that has not left the body via urine, excretion or lymphatic drainage

Usually, the body counters these toxins by sending out white blood cells, such as leukocytes and macrophages, to destroy or ingest them via a process known as phagocytosis. If a cell dies due to apoptosis, which is a naturally occurring cellular death, parts of its structure can be broken down and used again to form a new, fully functional cell. On the other hand, some cells are subjected to necrosis, meaning that they have been destroyed by an external factor. When this happens, the cell releases microbial substances that are capable of damaging the surrounding tissue which triggers the body’s immune response. Specialised cells known as phagocytes flood the area that has been damaged and proceed to ingest any toxins that they encounter. If the level of toxins remain uncontrolled by the responding leukocytes and nearby phagocytes, the healing process can be severely inhibited and have a significantly negative impact on the body.

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The process of inflammation (2)

The accumulation of excess interstitial fluid that fills the space between cells and pus – comprised of white blood cell remains, liquefied tissue and cell debris – are often signs of infection and also classed as toxic substances that can be removed with Hijama. The answer to our very first question should now be obvious.

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://media.istockphoto.com/vectors/virus-bacteria-and-fungi-vector-id480412286?k=6&m=480412286&s=612×612&w=0&h=RBVQxTJzNhHCsOTHi_b1gPADsBItwT8_86ItGiyEqYk=
(2) http://suntvett.no/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Skjermbilde-2013-10-25-kl.-16.05.40-750×506.png

Sincere apologies to you all

My month long Blogiday was only semi-planned. I had already been thinking of taking the month of Ramadan off, if only to focus on religious activities, but I wasn’t sure. Ramadan started in the same sudden way that it always does and I considered putting off my blog post for another week until I adjusted to fasting. I was then hit with two wrecking balls one after the other.

The first was my hay fever, having returned with a vengeance after being away the past three seasons. I could swear I’ve spent more time blowing my nose in the past month than I have during the eleven months that preceded it. It’s hard to think in a straight line when you’re sneezing your eyeballs out, much less work on something for other people to read and successfully comprehend. I wouldn’t inflict that content on anyone, much less my dear readers.

The second was the heat. As you may have realised from my previous blog posts, me and the heat are not friends. If fact, I think we’re closer to being arch enemies. The heatwave that hit the UK pretty much stopped me from functioning as a human, instead turning me into a thoroughly baked potato. Crispy on the outside, mushy on the inside and utterly flavourless. Getting burnt by the heat of my laptop was something I could definitely do without.

So yes, I’ve had a lot of fun and I hope you all had equal amounts of delight – the kind that is actually delightful, not my kind of fun – than I did. The next blog post should be up this Friday as usual and we’ll be resuming our normal posting schedule, God-willing. Awfully sorry for the exceptionally long wait. And, as always, thank you for reading.

With Introverted Interest

SB

Muscles, tendons and ligaments: What are they?

Everyone knows what they are, right? Wrong!

Most people are familiar with muscles and why they exist. But tendons and ligaments too? Generally not. Many have a vague idea of what both are and maybe even where one could locate them. But their knowledge of the two highly necessary anatomical structures is a shaky terrain at best. Therefore, the aim of this post is to strengthen the foundations of our reader’s anatomy-related mental database and build a vault of valuable – and relative – information upon it.

To start off with the easiest, commonly known structure first, muscles connect bones to each other. Sometimes only two bones are attached to a single muscle, such as scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (upper arm bone) which are both connected on either end of the teres major muscle. Some muscles have multiple attachment points on different bones. An example of this can be found in the trapezius muscle, located on the back. This muscle joins the cranium (skull) and thoracic vertebrae (the spinal discs in the middle of the back) to the clavicle (collar bone) and scapula (shoulder blade). As mentioned in an earlier blog post, muscles have two main roles in the overall function of the body. The first is to enable movement and the second is to stabilise certain structures within its frame.

For more information about muscles in general, have a look at our previous post: Hijama and the Muscular System

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The trapezius muscle is so big, it is often divided into three sections: upper, middle and lower (1)

Closer to the muscular system than one might initially think, tendons connect the ends of a muscle to a specific bone. In information booklets and health-related encyclopedias, they are usually white in colour and easily differentiated from the main body of a muscle. Tendons are made up of layers of strong connective tissue that run through the length of the muscle, allowing them to withstand the great amounts of force exerted upon them by bodily movements. Thus, bigger muscles tend to have thicker and sometimes longer tendons than smaller ones. One of the most well known tendons is the Achilles Tendon, which connects the soleus and gastrocnemius (calf muscles) to the calcaneus (heel bone). Not only are they capable of resisting the force of a contracting muscle, tendons relay that same force to the bone that they are attached to, resulting in movement of the body.

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Aaaah, the infamous Achilles heel. I wonder if the person who linked it to weakness knew how much pressure tendons can withstand (2)

Though they may be comprised of fibrous connective tissues similar to those that form tendons, ligaments connect one bone to another. However, unlike muscles, ligaments are normally located where two bones meet to form a joint and exist to stabilise both. Due to its sturdy form, limbs are able to move in a free yet controlled manner. Whilst muscles propel them into action, ligaments prevent the limbs from moving in a way that could possibly cause severe damage to the body. Some of the most commonly injured ligaments include both the collateral and cruciate ligaments located within and on either side of the patellofemoral (knee) joint as well as those found around the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint. Once stretched or torn, ligaments are usually only fixed via surgery and sometimes even that cannot restore it’s former function.

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The white thing labelled ACL is a ligament. The two non-transparent​ bands on either side of the knee cap are ligaments too (3)

To summarise it in a single paragraph, muscles, tendons and ligaments all play a part in keeping certain skeletal structures in a neutral position. Tendons and ligaments are made of the same kind of connective tissue and are both hard to tear. Once damaged, they can be hard and usually impossible to repair completely​. Muscles and tendons are closely interlinked and work together to facilitate bodily movement whereas ligaments are there to prevent an individual’s limbs from moving in harmful ways.

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) nicktumminello.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/trapezius.jpg1.png
(2) differentialdiagnosislowerleg.weebly.com/uploads/5/4/7/6/54764553/8097310.jpg?382
(3) https://api.kramesstaywell.com/Content/ebd5aa86-5c85-4a95-a92a-a524015ce556/medical-illustrations/Images/amuscsk20140311v1001

How do you manage cold hands?

Somehow, this week’s story time post ended up being linked to leafleting. Again. It’s almost like I don’t do anything else with my time. Maybe its because most worthwhile stories take place beyond the four walls of our comfort zone. And if I’m not working or studying in clinic, work hours are usually spent promoting our services to the general public. Hence the common factor: leafleting. Though a case of significant sunburn may have been the problem last time, today I’m going to relay how I was struck with a completely opposite issue this time around; the cold!

Before I start on the weather, I’d just like to point out that distributing leaflets in person is waaaay more intense than shoving slipping them through letter boxes. Obviously, when handing them out to those passing by, one is bound to encounter many more eyeballs and end up interacting with people rather than suspicious felines and guard dogs. Despite the lack of stairs strenuous activity and the relatively close rest room facilities, I think I might prefer door-to-door leafleting over doing so face-to-face. This preference could be related to impatience or introversion. Knowing me, it’s probably both.

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For those who may be wondering, the partially visible word close to the top of the leaflet is pain.

Standing in our mutually decided locations, me and the Giant – yes, he was with me again – were exposed to all sorts of people. From students alighting at the nearest bus-stop to local business employees whose faces would soon become all too familiar. From shoppers laden with bags and those casually breezing through the area to mothers walking with buggies and little old ladies pushing quaint little trolleys. We had an equally wide range of reactions to our leaflets – or perhaps to our distribution techniques – that seemed to switch between interested, potential patients and those who cheerfully but politely rejected our leaflets to pedestrians who grudgingly accepted them or else stared sideways at me as though I had insulted their existence simply by smiling at them. I had one fellow avoid my extended leaflet as though touching it would give him the plague! I wonder what that was about? Perhaps he suffered from mysophobia. I think that’s how it’s spelt? Hmm …

So we stood on either side of the road, not quite opposite each other, to inflict our leaflets on as many unsuspecting people as possible. It was a sunny but slightly chilly day – typical British weather – before the sun had reached its highest point in the vaguely grey sky. Meaning that it was in a perfect position to cast a shadow on one side of the road even as it illuminated the other. That plus my lack of road choosing skill dictated which side I ended up working on. If you’ve read the post about my last leafleting adventure, it might be easy to guess which one. In the shade, on a cold UK day, I waited for people to pass by so that I could offer them the chance to relieve their individual pains.

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It might be physically harder but door to door leafleting seems to have less of a psychological impact. In my humble opinion.

Though I should have expected it, after being in the same spot for hours, I was surprised when I shifted the bunch of firm rectangular papers to my left hand and found the fingers of my right stiff and distantly painful. Unlike those belonging to my other hand, which had been kept busy arranging leaflets into sets of five – so that it was easier to track how many I had distributed – the fingers of my right hand had remained in a fixed position. When I tried to bend them, it was as though they were moving in slow motion. Suddenly, I had an idea of the suffering that my arthritic patients endured daily, though I’m sure that my pain was nothing in comparison to theirs.

To remedy the state of my dysfunctional fingers, I wriggled them around, opening and closing them continuously in the hope that doing so would restore the flow of blood to each one. As you can probably imagine, there’s only so much of that you can do in the middle of a bustling street without seriously scaring off future patients. I also tried to hold my outstretched hands beneath the shafts of sunlight surrounding the patch of shade I was standing in, when there were less people around to walk into them. Again, the duration of such behaviour – and its mild effect on my flesh – was limited for obvious reasons. Though there are many places allocated for praying, footpaths are generally not considered one of them. In short, I froze until we returned to the clinic.

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Yes. Those are rain drops. Good thing our leaflets are made of tougher stuff, eh?

All of which has lead me to ask: How do you deal with hands stiffened by the cold or by being inactive? Do you have any issues with your blood circulation? What would you have done in my place? I’d honestly love to know. I mean, one can never predict when this kind of information could come in handy, right? Something I had to learn the hard way, it seems :-p. If you have any tips, please leave them in the comments and maybe save a life. Or – to be less dramatic – a hand, at the very least.

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With Introverted Interest

SB

Was Hijama (cupping) a British tradition?

Greetings, dear readers

Though the title alone may prompt raised brows, negative answers or simply confused expression, one may be inclined to agree that such a question is intriguing. Or, rather, that the answer itself would hold one’s attention. Many believe that the practice of Hijama or cupping came from the Chinese. Some may be aware that it was discovered by those studying Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. A surprising number of people may claim that there is no way Hijama could be a British tradition and may not realise that the first two statements do not negate the last. Believe it or not, it has been historically proven that denizens of Great Britain practised the art of cupping. In fact, it was a necessary and highly utilized skill for many doctors. But if that is true, why is Hijama no longer performed by common doctors? In brief, it was knocked aside by modern medicine. How did that happen exactly? Yet another potentially intriguing answer.

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These were sometimes called blood-letting boxes. Because that’s not creepy at all (1)

From countries such as China, Egypt and Greece, cupping therapy slowly spread across Europe, varying in technique and occasionally – often incorrectly – identified as blood-letting or artificial leeching. Many researchers may agree that the gradually refined therapy was introduced into Britain during the early 1800s, where it became a common form of treatment for various illnesses and chronic health conditions. As mentioned in an earlier post, two famous Greek physicians, Hippocrates and Galen, regularly used it to treat their patients. Though their understanding of its physiology and effects upon the body may have altered over time, those that practised Hijama in England would probably have based their practice on the teachings of both men. British cupper, Samuel Bayfield, was a firm believer in its physical benefits. In the introduction of his book, A Treatise on Practical Cupping (1823), he wrote:

“Cupping is an art, the value of which, every one can appreciate who has had opportunities of being made acquainted with its curative power by observing its effects on the person of others, or by realising them in his own.”

He later alluded to Hippocrates expertise on the subject, mentioning him on pages 51 – 52 of the same book:

“Hippocrates was a minute observer, and has left us some striking remarks on the shape and application of cup. He recommends that they should be small in diameter, conical in shape, and light in their weight, even when the disease for which they are applied is deeply seated.”

Despite its efficiency, cupping was criticised as a form of treatment by members of the medical fraternity during the latter half of the 19th century. Many believe that they used the scientific model of medicine to discredit a number of previously established traditional therapies – not just cupping – in order to gain medical dominance. It was also around this time that the French philosopher and historian, Michel Foucault (1976), developed his ‘clinical gaze’ theory. According to him, the human body was to be viewed as something transparent and treated from the inside rather than the outside. It seemed as though he believed Hijama to be a superficial treatment that had no effect on the inner workings of the human body. Due to the aforementioned reasons, researchers believe that doctors, and other health professionals of the Anglo-Saxon society, moved away from hands-on therapies because they did not fit in with the interests of the authoritative medical fraternity, not because the practice itself was ineffective.

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The fact that this even exists should have told us something (2)

However, cupping therapy has experienced a undeniable resurgence in modern times. This may be the result of medicine no longer being considered satisfactory as a form of treatment, coupled with an awareness of the detrimental side effects of medication on long term health. A considerable amount of people now turn away from conventional medicine and seek relief from alternative therapies, as though they have started to think along the same lines as the surgeon, Charles Kennedy (1826), who wrote:

“The art of cupping has been so well-known, and the benefits arising from it so long experienced, that it is quite unnecessary to bring forward testimonials in favor of what has received not only the approbation of modern times, but also the sanction of remotest antiquity.”

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.thegarret.org.uk/images/surgical/cuppingset.jpg
(2) http://www.britishcuppingsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/bcs_logo.png
Quotes referenced from:
A Treatise on Practical Cupping – https://wellcomelibrary.org/item/b21305419#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&z=0.1405%2C0.7204%2C0.5208%2C0.2855
Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy – https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=guDTBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA4&lpg=PA4&dq=samuel+bayfield+cupping&source=bl&ots=fe24oHNRZH&sig=WuDZeSptAIYUnghwObW-e87SFTo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijya2CltnTAhUkB8AKHSryBisQ6AEIPTAD#v=onepage&q&f=false

Does fasting influence Hijama (cupping)?

Greetings, dear readers

Fasting. A practice that has taken many different forms, ranging from generalised water fasting to abstinence from specific foods such as meat and fish. Periods of fasting can span the length of a few hours whilst some last several days at a time. The duration of each individual fast is often dictated by its chosen purpose. For example, some people fast to detoxify their bodies whereas others do so to adhere to religious or health-related guidelines. Though methods may vary, fasting can be defined as an avoidance of food, and sometimes water, for select periods of time. This may seem like a process completely unrelated to Hijama (cupping). However, that assumption would be incorrect for a number of reasons.

Readers may have gathered by now that Hijama (cupping) is a treatment that generally involves the removal of waste from the body, during which a small amount of blood is often extracted too. Similarly to blood tests and blood donation, it has a relative physiological impact on the body and its systems. Unlike other blood work processes, this profound effect is what makes it such an effective treatment. Fasting, especially for a few hours, also has a distinct influence over bodily functions. Therefore, understanding how both affect the body is crucial knowledge for anyone planning to combine the two. Patients who have had a fasting blood test may be more familiar with the accompanying symptoms, such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches and occasionally even nausea.

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Though it may not feel like it, all fasting comes to an end at some point (1)

When checking for health conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol, doctors often prescribe fasting blood tests to their patients as a means of measuring the amount of glucose, lipids or other forms of fat in the body. During a certain period of time, the patient is advised to avoid eating and encouraged to drink plenty of water until a phlebotomist relieves them of the desired amount of blood. From this, Hijama (cupping) practitioners have deduced that eating before having cellular substances removed can influence the levels of glucose, lipids, iron and other digested nutrients in the blood vessels and significantly interfere with the state of a patient’s blood. If doing so can invalidate blood test results, it may be safe to assume that digested food would obstruct the flow of toxins or pathogens in the body too, making it more difficult for them to exit through small scratches in the skin.

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Blood tests may sound scary but they’re not that bad. Provided you hydrate properly and give yourself time to adjust afterwards (2)

At Pure Therapy, we ask patients to avoid eating or drinking beverages for approximately three hours before their treatment with a second reason in mind. The human body increases blood flow to its digestive system via the superior mesenteric artery to help break down ingested food, resulting in less blood being carried to other bodily tissues. When deprived of food, the body becomes able to redirect blood from its digestive tract to other cellular structures, particularly areas in need of repairing. Fasting also enables the movement of cholesterol deposits that line the walls of blood vessels, allowing excess amounts to be removed along with other toxins during a Hijama (cupping) treatment. Hijama (cupping) practitioners are able to improve the effectiveness of their treatment plans by taking the aforementioned reasoning and the health of each patient into consideration.

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There are a few arteries that supply blood to the gastrointestinal tract. The superior mesenteric artery is one of them (3)

Further clinical implications need to acknowledged when a patient’s fasting hours are extended. Some fast for as long as twelve or even sixteen hours. Others aim to detoxify their bodies by going on a water fast, during which they avoid consuming anything except water for periods of two to seven days. The water fasts of experienced people can last up to thirty days. Regardless of its purpose, Hijama (cupping) practitioners should be made aware if their patients are fasting so that they can monitor their overall condition. Despite its numerous long term benefits, fasting can reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels, weakening the body for a short span of time and causing patients to be more prone to fainting during or after the treatment. Practitioners can avoid such adverse effects by using less cups than usual, treating the patient shortly before they break their fast or performing dry cupping instead of wet cupping.

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) https://static1.squarespace.com/static/554a38cae4b048953114e884/t/58c00735e3df28e544ec7558/1488979842319/
(2) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4TST_aWQAADMTt.jpg
(3) http://cephalicvein.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/superior-mesenteric-artery-copyright-2006-pearson-education-inc-publishing-as-benjamin.jpg

Can Hijama (cupping) help cancer patients?

Greetings, dear readers

Cancer. The word alone is often enough to spread fear and instil a sense of despair in many people. Some perceive it as an inevitable destination, brought to their attention by sign posts such as odd or inexplicable symptoms. Others avoid various materials and ingredients to escape the possibility of developing the disease. It is said that ignorance breeds fear. But how many people truly know what cancer is? Most wait around for the development of a cure. However, some researchers are more inclined to believe that the disease is something that needs to be controlled rather than cured.

As time passes, millions of cells in the body die even as others are created to replace them, a biological function that allows humans to grow and repair damage to the body, regardless of age, race or sex. This process is controlled by an individual’s DNA, which signals when a cell should divide itself to replace irreparable neighbouring cells or refrain from filling up space within the tissue. DNA also decides when a cell can no longer divide efficiently and prompts it to self destruct, a pre-existing cellular process known as apoptosis. When it is damaged, mutations can occur within the cells which prevent them from understanding both self-termination commands and those that prevent it from dividing. The human body is usually equipped to deal with a certain degree of mutated cell activity. When it cannot, the cells that have lost control are considered abnormal and named cancer cells.

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A self-explanatory picture, in my opinion (1)

Tumours are a cancer cells that group together as a result of losing control of their normal biological functions. Benign tumours remain restricted to one area whereas malign tumours tend to invade surrounding tissues and spread to other parts of the body, becoming a life threatening condition medically identified as metastasis. The effects of cancer can differ according to the physiological make up of each person, therefore requiring tailored treatment plans. The three main forms of treatment for cancer; surgery to cut out tumours, radiotherapy to kill cancer cells via x-rays and chemotherapy which destroys them with chemicals.

For a concise, visual explanation of cancer, check out this video by MedicEne.

Over a hundred different chemotherapy drugs are used, either on their own or alongside other medication or treatments, to combat cancer cells by attacking them during the cycle of new cell formation. However, the chemicals cannot differentiate between healthy cells and abnormal cells, meaning that doses need to be administered correctly in order to balance the amount of tissue both destroyed and spared, in an attempt to reduce unpleasant side effects. Chemotherapy drugs, usually classified according to chemical structure and cellular influence, are sometimes combined with others to treat multiple forms of cancer. They normally consist of ingredients such as:

  • Alkylating agents – which damage the DNA of targeted cells to prevent them from reproducing
  • Antimetabolites – which affect chromosomes as they are being copied and interfere with the growth of both DNA and RNA
  • Anthracyclines – which also alter the DNA of cancer cells, by interfering with enzymes, to keep them from multiplying
  • Topoisomerase inhibitors – which impede the enzymes that separate and copy DNA strands
  • Mitotic inhibitors – compounds, harvested from natural products, to stop cells from dividing to form new ones
  • Corticosteroids – natural hormones, or drugs that mimic hormones, used to prevent side effects such as nausea and vomiting
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Chemotherapy can be administered in many ways (2)

Hijama treatments, when not provided with an appropriate level of caution, can lead to or hasten the process of metastasis. Due to this, Hijama is not always the best form of treatment for active cancer patients. However, once they have had their cancer removed or destroyed via radiotherapy or chemotherapy, former patients may benefit the most from Hijama, since all three therapies have a strong impact on cellular activity. Placement of Hijama cups on the systemic and kidney points can be an effective means of clearing out the aforementioned chemicals lingering in the body, aiding its natural healing process by facilitating healthier blood flow and kick-starting its immune system which, quite frankly, might need all the help it could possibly get after everything it has been through.

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://trulightradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cancer.jpg
(2) https://d2nyfqh3g1stw3.cloudfront.net/photos/featured_chemo_7463.jpg