What is Hijama?What is Hijama?
Hijama (Arabic: حجامة lit. "sucking") is the name in Arab traditional medicine for cupping, where blood is drawn by vacuum from a small skin incision for therapeutic purposes. Long used in Chinese medicine and other ancient healing systems, cupping has gained considerable popularity in recent years among athletes.
What is Hijama good for?
Hijama is used to treat a wide range of conditions including migraines and hay fever and it is often recommended as a complementary therapy for the following conditions:
Neck and shoulder pain
Headache or migraine
Muscle pain and soreness
Sports injuries and performance
How Does Cupping Therapy Work?
To create the suction inside the cups, the practitioner may them by placing a flammable substance (such as herbs, alcohol, and/or paper) inside each cup and then igniting that substance. Next, the practitioner places the cup upside down on the body. During a typical cupping treatment, around ten cups are placed on the body.
Today, many practitioners use a manual or electric pump to create the vacuum, or use self-suctioning cupping sets. After the cups are in place, they are usually removed after five to ten minutes.
Some practitioners apply massage oil or cream and then attach silicone cups, sliding them around the body rhythmically for a massage-like effect.
In a procedure known as "wet cupping," the skin is punctured prior to treatment. This causes blood to flow out of the punctures during the cupping procedure, which is thought to clear toxins from the body.
What are the side effects of cupping?
Possible Side Effects. Cupping may cause pain, swelling, burns, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, skin pigmentation, and/or nausea. Cupping also leaves round purple marks or circular bruises on the skin; these marks may begin to fade after several days but can remain for two to three weeks.
Cupping shouldn't be done on areas where the skin is broken, irritated, or inflamed, or over arteries, veins, lymph nodes, eyes, orifices, or any fractures. Pregnant woman, children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions (such as cancer, organ failure, hemophilia, edema, blood disorders, and some types of heart disease) are among those who shouldn't have cupping. People taking blood-thinning medication also shouldn't try cupping.
You shouldn't use cupping in place of standard treatment for any medical condition.
What to keep in mind?
Always consult your doctor before the treatment!
Make sure you inform doctor on your health conditions!
Only visit professional medical centers with proper medical license!
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