Cupping Therapy (Hijama)

Cupping Therapy (Hijama)

What is Cupping Therapy (Hijama)?

Cupping therapy, also known as cupping therapy, is one of the oldest treatment methods known to date back to approximately 5000 years. This treatment method, which is referred to as "hijama" in Turkish, comes from the Arabic word "Hijamah". The origin of the word comes from the root "volume", which means "to suck". We see that the cupping method, which is encountered in the history of civilizations such as Mesopotamia, China, Babylon and Egypt, has a process extending from ancient times to the present.

Hijama, which is a widely used treatment method today; It is a more preferred method especially in Muslim countries. It is the process of collecting the dirty blood in the body with the help of a cup and pulling it out with small incisions on the skin, thanks to the cupping system that Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, suggested at certain intervals of the month.Toxins in the blood in our body lower our immune system and adversely affect our health. Antalya cupping therapy In other words, with the hijama method, the toxins in the body are removed from the blood and the cells are regenerated. When we look at the historical flow of cupping, we know that it is a treatment method that dates back to ancient Egypt. In addition, like the Egyptians, the Assyrians used cupping as a treatment method in many areas. Cupping is a very old treatment method in Arabia as well as in Mesopotamian civilizations. In the advancing processes of history, we can say that by the 16th century, hijama was also seen in Europe. After the developments in Europe, it was concluded that cupping is an approved treatment in the field of health.

At the beginning of the benefits provided by Antalya hijama treatment is due to the fact that the capillaries, which provide blood flow between the cells, increase this level of fluidity more than the current situation. Toxins accumulated especially in areas of the body where there are diseases, flow out, and as a result, the blockage that occurs in terms of energy is finished. Hijama, which is a treatment method that is performed by creating thin and light scratches on the skin in a sterile manner using a scalpel, can be preferred as a supportive method as well as in the treatment of many diseases.

How is Cupping Therapy (Hijama) Treatment Done?

Antalya cupping therapy (hijama) treatment is a complementary and supportive treatment method that is mostly applied in the back, shoulder and head areas and is made by creating an incision on the skin, which allows the dirty blood in the body to be absorbed and thrown out.

Antalya hijama treatment is a treatment method that must be followed by certain routines before it is applied to the person. In order for the hijama treatment to be healthier, animal products and dairy products should not be consumed at least one day before and after, and women should not be on their menstrual period. If the person has had an operation or a surgical operation, it is necessary to wait at least 40 days, and not to have sexual intercourse the day before and after hijama.

In some sources, Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, suggested that the days of hijama should be other than Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. In addition, the patient should perform ablution before having hijama. It is stated in some religious sources that the best time interval for hijama is spring and autumn, and it is considered more appropriate for health to do so.

For cupping therapy (hijama) treatment, the person should start the treatment with a certain amount of hunger level, that is, with a fasting period of 3-4 hours, which is determined as "half hungry". The application points are determined according to the patient's ailments. During the treatment, incisions are made on the skin that are not deep with a scalpel, and the dirty blood, called toxic, accumulated under the skin is removed from the body by vacuuming with the help of hygienically used cups. This process is repeated during hijama and the cups are kept waiting until the blood flow in the area stops. Afterwards, the cups and other used materials are discarded and the application area is hygienically cleaned and dressed. Of course, it is important to use disposable medically sterile materials in all these treatment processes. Cupping therapy (hijama) treatment is carried out between 30 and 45 minutes on average.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy (Hijama)

Cupping therapy (hijama) is not just a form of treatment for taking blood from the body. Since ancient times, it has been a complementary practice in order to be healthy and in the treatment of diseases. Hijama has multiple benefits and effects on curing diseases:

  • • It strengthens the immune system.
  • • It ensures that toxins accumulated in the body are removed from the body.
  • • It is used as a treatment method in other types of paralysis, especially facial paralysis.
  • • Its effect is observed in the treatment of sexual problems.
  • • When it is done regularly, it repairs the disorders that occur in the organs.
  • • It is very effective in relieving pain.
  • • It makes you feel more energetic by reducing laziness.
  • • It regulates blood flow.
  • • It reduces the severity and number of epileptic seizures.
  • • Balances blood pressure.
  • • It increases the function of the eye and provides better vision.
  • • It is used in the treatment of diseases such as waist and neck hernia.
  • • It regulates metabolism.
  • • It is used in the treatment of chronic diseases.
  • • Head cupping for headaches is very effective and reduces pain.
  • • It is used in the treatment of musculoskeletal system diseases.
  • • It provides healing of diseases caused by rheumatism.
  • • It has positive effects on stress and anxiety.
  • • It is effective in the treatment of intestinal diseases.
  • • It solves inflammation problems in the body.

Who Cannot Apply Cupping Therapy (Hijama)?

If hijama is done by people who are inexperienced and uninformed in this field, various damages and risks can be seen. If it is not done in a sterile way, negative results such as infection can be seen in the incision areas opened in the body. Cupping therapy (hijama) method must be done by experts who know this job. At the same time, the procedure should not be applied to some people. When we rank these patients:

  • • People who have problems with bleeding
  • • People with vascular diseases such as varicose veins
  • • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • • During menstrual periods
  • • People who have had an organ transplant
  • • Patients with extremely low immunity due to various diseases
  • • People with low hemoglobin value (10 and below)
  • • People with respiratory failure
  • • People with advanced autoimmune diseases

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