Wet cupping, called Hijaamah by the Arabs, is the application of suction cups (glass by fire cupping or by suction-gun) to the skin to draw out stagnant, congested blood, as well as other stagnant or morbid humors and restore the Vital Force or Qi in the body. Usually, the cups are made of glass, but they can also be made of bamboo, bone, horn or metal. Wet cupping, or Scarification and Cupping, is a form of bloodletting that involves first applying suction cups either by fire cupping or suction-gun cupping, then removing the cup and making tiny incisions on the skin, then applying the suction cups to suck out small amounts of stagnant blood. Wet cupping can be applied anywhere on he body depending on the ailment.
- improves the circulation of blood and lymph.
- regulates and improves the functioning of the autonomic nervous system.
- removes congested blood from the muscles.
- increases blood flow to joints.
- strengthens the stomach and digestion, improves bile flow.
- detoxifies circulatory system by enhancing cleansing and removal of toxins.
Cupping will not be done where there is deep vein thrombosis, ulcers, arteries, or where a pulse that can be felt nor on abdominal or sacral regions of pregnant women. Please inform your practitioner if you have pace-makers, thrombocytopenia, haemophilia, pregnancy, anaemia, active tuberculosis, are menstruating or bleeding out of menstruation due dismenorrehea, have had vomitting or diarrhoea the previous three days, are fatigued due to strenuous work or stress.
Cancer patients will only receive cupping therapy only if recommeded by their physician who knows the patient’s history. In general, if you suffer from a debilitating disease that needs immediate attention, do not subject yourself to any alternative treatment forms, including cupping, as the sole form of treatment.