Cupping in Arabic is known as “Hijamah” it is a special technique of evacuation used in the treatment of certain lethal diseases. A treatment done by producing partial vacuum in the cup glasses placed on the body surface by heat or suction, in order to evacuate morbid material or to divert the material from the deeper tissues or diseased part.
Cupping is an ancient method of treatment that has been used in the treatment and cure of a broad range of conditions; such as hypertension, rheumatic conditions ranging from arthritis, sciatica, back pain, migraine, anxiety and general physical and mental well-being. The aim of Cupping is to extract blood that is believed to be harmful from the body which in turn rids the body of potential harm from symptoms leading to a reduction in well-being. The Arabic name for Cupping Therapy is Al-Hejamah which means to reduce in size i.e. to return the body back to its natural state.
In this non-surgical procedure, toxic or ‘bad’ blood is drawn out from the body. Certain ‘cupping points’ on the body are addressed to do so. On such selected points, blood is encouraged to accumulate and then sucked out by using a little vacuum system. The blood is made to accumulate on the surface of the skin where minute incisions are introduced on the skin; the blood comes out from the incisions and is collected in a cup from where it is removed.
Cupping has no side effects as long as performed properly. It is also worth noting that about 70% diseases or disorders are caused by the failure of blood to circulate properly in the body. Furthermore, we get sick or our body organs fail to perform healthily when our blood keep circulating loaded with toxins and other impurities. Unless the toxic waste is removed from the body or from the blood, not only we do not recover fast from a disease but also become easy victim to other diseases or disorder. Cupping is the best way to remove the toxic waste from the blood stream, and the results will obviously be a healthy and properly functioning body.
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,' thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
The cupping therapy increases the ability and activity of the immunity system due to the increased activity of the reticals-endothelial system, and the good blood flow through the tissues and organs heightens the immunity of the body because that the pathogens in the body are more subjected to the immunity system unites.
Cupping therapy treats hypertension based on syndrome differentiation, this is just to regulate the functions of the whole body, promote its self-balance function. It has been proved that the holistic concept of cupping therapy is accorded with the principle of treatment of hypertension. Cupping therapy can not only lower high blood pressure, control it in a normal range, prevent and treat various complication of hypertension, but also make various imbalance states of the body return to normal.