Dry / Wet Cupping (Hijama)

Dry Cupping Therapy

Dry Cupping Therapy uses special cups to create a vacuum pressure in specific areas of the body. The procedure is usually performed on the patient’s back to promote healing, helps release toxins and to trigger the lymphatic system.

Cupping refers to an ancient practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.

Generally, the cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5–15 minutes). As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is removed by pressing the skin along side it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it.

Wet Cupping Therapy (Hijama)

Wet cupping therapy (Hijama) is the most specialized type of cupping therapy. It is done in addition to fixed cupping to remove toxins directly from the body rather than letting the toxins drain out through the stool and urine. This is the most effective means to detox in most cases. During wet cupping therapy, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a specially designed needle to gently pierce the top layer of skin to allow toxic blood to be released once suction is applied. This special needle is designed to not leave any scars and to minimize pain.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

  • Helps relieve pain
  • Ease stiff muscles
  • Reduces mental stress
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Rheumatism
  • Enhance blood circulation
  • Helps to boost immunity
  • Slows down the ageing process
  • Improves digestion
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Respiratory illnesses like congestion, common cold, allergies etc.
  • Skin disorders like Acne, Eczema etc.
  • Detoxify the body
  • Assist in Weight Loss
  • Strengthening Lymphatic System
  • Prevent liver diseases
  • Enhance overall well-being

Side Effects of Dry Cupping Therapy

Cupping is considered to be relatively safe, especially when performed by trained health professionals. Potential side effects include:

  • Mild discomfort, slightly sore pain
  • Bruises, cupping mark on the skin for about 7 days