What is Hijama Cupping Therapy?

Hijama cupping therapy, a practice that dates back thousands of years, is finally gaining mainstream recognition in the United Kingdom. In recent years, particularly over the past decade, cupping therapy has seen a surge in popularity — especially in Hollywood where it has become a favourite among celebrities.

But what exactly is this elusive treatment that famous Olympian Michael Phelps raved about? From how it works to its benefits and risks, we’ll give you a comprehensive guide on Hijama cupping therapy and how it could remarkably benefit you. 

Patient in Hijama cupping therapy.

What is Hijama cupping therapy?

Hijama cupping therapy is a traditional form of complementary medicine that has been used for centuries to promote wellness and alleviate various health conditions. 

It involves the use of small cups that are placed on the skin to create suction. The suction helps to stimulate blood flow, increase circulation, and promote healing. This negative pressure also helps to increase blood flow and oxygenation, which can speed up the healing process. In addition, the suction created by the cups can help to loosen tight muscles, relieve tension, and reduce pain. 

How does Hijama cupping therapy work?

Hijama cupping therapy works by using negative pressure to draw impurities, toxins, and stagnant blood to the surface of the skin. The cups used can be made of glass, plastic, ceramic, silicone, metal, or bamboo. They are then placed on specific areas of the body to create a vacuum-like effect. 

The suction generated by the cups is believed to stimulate the flow of blood, lymphatic fluid, and Qi (life energy) in the body, helping to relieve pain, tension, and improve overall health. 

Hijama cupping therapy is an ancestral treatment that has been used for generations. It’s known for its ability to help treat a wide range of conditions, among others. 

It is a non-invasive, safe, and natural form of health therapy that promotes healing, relaxation and rejuvenation. After a consultation and medical assessment in the clinic, our advanced medical practitioner will pinpoint the most effective areas needed to be cupped to yield the most beneficial results.  The area will be cleaned with an antiseptic and antibacterial and specialised plastic, and disposable ‘cups’ will be placed on the area. This will draw up and loosen stagnated areas to the surface of the skin. Gentle, tiny pricks will be made and this stagnated area will be detoxed. After the treatment, the area will be cleaned again and aftercare will be provided. 

Cups used in Hijama cupping therapy.

How is Hijama cupping therapy performed?

There are three distinct techniques used in Hijama cupping therapy. There is dry cupping which is what is commonly described when explaining Hijama cupping therapy. This is done by placing the cup directly onto the surface of the skin. The suction then brings blood and toxins to the surface of the skin with a vacuum. 

The second is ‘wet cupping’. This technique still makes use of a mild suction process, but instead of simply placing the cups on the skin, light punctures are made to draw out a small amount of blood. This allows the body to release harmful toxins through the puncture wounds during the cupping session. Wet cupping is a gentle and effective way to detoxify the body and promote overall health and well-being. This has been shown to be the most effective technique and is what is described earlier.

The third technique is massage cupping. This technique uses a method to glide the cups along the body to move stagnation, creating decompression of the body and deeply relaxing tension in the muscles.

The benefits of Hijama cupping therapy

Hijama cupping therapy offers a range of benefits for both physical and mental health. 

Physically, it can help to relieve pain and tension in the muscles, improve circulation, boost the immune system, and promote detoxification. Cupping therapy can also help to improve skin conditions, as well as enhance overall skin health and appearance. 

Mentally, Hijama cupping therapy can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality and boost mood and energy levels. Additionally, cupping therapy is considered a holistic form of therapy as it works by promoting balance and harmony within the body, thus contributing to overall well-being. 

These benefits, combined with its non-invasive and natural approach, make Hijama cupping therapy an attractive form of therapy for those seeking a holistic and natural way to improve their health and well-being. 

What are the risks of Hijama cupping therapy?

Initially, after a cupping therapy session, you may experience round cup-kiss marks which appear similar to bruises on the body. These marks, which are a result of the suction process, are a normal part of the cupping experience and are generally considered to be a good sign that the therapy is working. 

Typically, these marks will last for approximately 3-7  days, after which they will have fully cleared and your skin will return to its normal appearance. While the appearance of the marks may be concerning to some people, they are completely safe and harmless, and simply a temporary effect of the cupping process. 

 It is normal to feel slightly sore after a cupping therapy session but also a sense of ‘lightness’ and relief in the body. Many people describe feeling very relaxed post-Hijama.

 It is important to consult with a health professional before undergoing cupping therapy, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. By working closely with a trained and experienced therapist, you can minimise the risk associated with cupping therapy and maximise its many benefits.

Round marks left by Hijama cupping therapy.

Hijama cupping therapy has been used for centuries and is recognised as a valuable tool for promoting physical and mental wellness. Whether you’re looking to relieve pain, boost immunity, or simply seek a natural way to promote relaxation and rejuvenation, cupping will be an effective boost to your skin health. 

From relieving pain and tension to improving circulation and boosting immunity, Hijama cupping therapy offers a range of benefits for both physical and mental health. Whether you’re looking for a holistic way to improve your health and well-being, or simply seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, Hijama cupping therapy may be an excellent option for you. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Hijama cupping therapy, we encourage you to consult with a trained professional at Restore Skin and Health Clinic who can guide you through the process. If you’re looking to achieve optimal health and wellness, get in touch with us today