Cupping therapy (WCT) increasingly practiced worldwide. Al-hijamah is WCT of prophetic medicine. Al-hijamah was recently more effective than Chinese WCT.
History of cupping therapy
this therapy is an ancient method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat (old) or suction (recent). This draws up the underlying tissues. acupuncturists apply it to certain acupuncture points as well as to regions of the organ or the area of dysfunction.
types of Cupping
- Dry cupping
- Wet cupping
Benefit of cupping therapy
- It causes tissues to release toxins
- Rise in low blood pressure
- Influences the composition of blood
- Stimulates sensory nerves of the skin because it affect ANS
- Stimulates the expansion of blood vessels in the muscle hence increase blood flow
- Clear colon blockages
- It promote of metabolism in skin tissue
- Improve varicose veins
- Affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing them to release toxins
- strengthens the renewal power of the skin
Safety aspects of Cupping
- The practitioner must wear disposable latex gloves whilst carrying out both types of cupping.
- Before cupping actually begins, you should check the blood pressure of your patient.
- Incisions in wet cupping should be superficial, involving the epidermis only.
- Ask your patient about how he or she feels – any unusual sensation or fever.
- In obese persons and in those suffering from thickened blood (polycytaemia), a hot bath 1 to 2 hours before cupping is recommended. This helps to stimulate blood flow to the skin, so makes cupping that much more effective.
- As cupping is performed on the naked skin, the treatment room should be comfortably warm
- Explain to the patient what you about to do, demonstrate if necessary on your own arm
- Patients should take a nutritional drink before the cupping.
- In addition, Pressure applied to cups will vary according to patients. For medium to large frame patients, and in patients where the cupping sites are endowed with excess fatty tissue. This ensures that the area beneath the glass will respond at a faster rate than on patients who are leaner, and with less fatty tissue.