Benefits and healing powers of Hijama (Cupping) Therapy


Cupping is an ancient healing technique that has gained a large amount of popularity recently. This is a therapy that involves placing suction cups on specific parts of the body – there are many benefits behind this form of therapy. Celebrities and athletes are well known for cupping,

Dry Cupping Therapy:Olive oil is applied to the skin (before applying the cup) in order to allow easy movement of the cup.This is the process of using a vacuum on different areas of the body in order to gather the blood in that area without incisions.  Helping better circulation of blood and increases lymph drainage. 

Related imageWet Cupping Therapy: Is the alternative (recommended) medical procedure where blood is drawn by vacuum from a small skin incision for therapeutic purposes, to remove ‘harmful’ blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin. It can be performed almost anywhere on the body, often at the site of an ache or pain in order to ease or alleviate it.

Procedure:  The mouth of a cup is placed on the skin at the site chosen. A tight seal is then created using the suction. The cup is left to cling to the skin for a few minutes, then it is lifted off and several very small incisions are made in the skin. The cup is then put back as it was before until the flow of blood subsides.

Benefits:  promotes the flow of energy in the blood.  It removes toxins and other waste material from the blood.  It helps fasten recovery time and people recover from diseases much faster afterwards.  It is known to prevent many diseases and, therefore, can be considered one of the best preventive measures against many diseases.

These are a list of conditions that can be treated effectively with Wet Cupping:

-          Blood Pressure

-          High Cholesterol

-          Digestive problems

-          Headaches/Migraines

-          Anemia

-          Joint and muscle pain/stiffness

-          Back pain

-          Asthma and cough

-          Menstrual  problems

-          Psycological disorders (Stress, Anxiety, Depression)

-          Insomnia

-          Arthritis

-          Detoxifies the body

-          Stimulates the body

-          Stimulates oxygen and detoxification of blood

-          Increases lymphatic drainage

-          Promotes circulation

-          Breaks up adhesions

-          Promotes healing in scar tissue

-          Increases range of motion

-          And many more conditions not listed here.

Side effects:  Cupping has side effects aside in the form of pain of skin cuts. One potentially serious risk is infection, which can be prevented with proper sterile technique.  Another possible minor side effect which may occur is light-headedness post therapy, similar to the sensation one feels when donating blood. Cupping encourages blood flow to the cupped region (hyperemia), one may therefore feel warmer and hotter as a result of vasodilatation taking place and slight sweating may occur.

Cost:  $60 for up to 2-4 sites, and $10 for each additional site at patient’s request.   Kits can also be purchased at the facility for $45.  Insurances are not accepted for this procedure.