What is Hijama Cupping Therapy?

What is Hijama Cupping Therapy?

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What is Hijama Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The cups may be made of:

Glass
Bamboo
Earthenware
Silicone

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Types

There are different methods of cupping, including:

Dry
Wet

During both types of cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.

Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, they do a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

You might get 3-5 cups in your first session. Or you might just try one to see how it goes. It’s rare to get more than 5-7 cups, the British Cupping Society notes.

Afterward, you may get an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. Your skin should look normal again within 10 days.

Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing. But that’s not proven.

Some people also get “needle cupping,” in which the therapist first inserts acupuncture needles and then puts cups over them.
Suggested

What Does the Research Show?

One report, published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.

That’s similar to the findings from a 2012 report, published in PLoS One. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when people also get other treatments, like acupuncture or medications, for various diseases and conditions, such as:

Herpes zoster
Acne
Facial paralysis
Cervical spondylosis

The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:

Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
Fertility and gynecological disorders
Skin problems such as eczema and acne
High blood pressure
Migraines
Anxiety and depression
Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
Varicose veins

Side Effects

Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional. But you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin:

Mild discomfort
Itchiness

If the cups and equipment become contaminated with blood and are not sterilized correctly between patients, bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B and C can be spread. So ensure that the practitioner uses disposable cups as we do at Qaya Clinic, Hijama Cupping in Birmingham.

What to Ask Your Doctor First When Starting With Hijama Cupping Therapy

Talk with your doctor before you start cupping or any other type of alternative or complementary medicine. And talk extensively with your cupping therapist, too, before you try it. Ask:

What conditions do they use cupping for?
What is your training?
What is your experience in using it?
Am I already getting the standard treatments for my condition?
Are there reasons I should not get cupping?

Or give us a call on 07516 154 483 for MALES and 07719 865 532 for FEMALES.

Hijama Birmingham | Cupping Birmingham

From only £40 depending on treatment required. Some treatments have an additional cost, please contact to discuss. This includes Wet Cupping Hijama or Dry Cupping. On average a session lasts from 30 – 45 minutes. 

Our therapists are fully insured for Cupping and Hijama Cupping Therapy.

From only £40 depending on treatment required. Some treatments have an additional cost, please contact to discuss.

Bradford Court, 123 – 131 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0NS *BOOKINGS BY APPOINTMENT BASIS*

Our Hijama Cupping Clinic is based in Digbeth – Birmingham City Centre. With parking and close transport links. We are less than one mile from the Bullring, Grand Central and Digbeth Coach Station.

Call, Text or WhatsApp:
Tel: 07516 154 483 (MALES)
Tel: 07719 865 562 (FEMALES)
Email: info@cuppingbirmingham.co.uk

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