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Wet Cupping (Hijama), a natural and effective alternative means to achieve better overall wellness that has been in place for thousands of years by many diverse civilizations.
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HISTORY OF WET CUPPING (HIJAMA)
Wet Cupping (Hijamah) as a treatment is to be found throughout the world as a result of this long history of continuous use. Indeed historical texts prove that this is the case with depictions of cupping equipment being seen on ancient stone tablets and markings from archeological findings throughout the world. The earliest historical evidence of the use of Wet Cupping (Hijamah) is from the ancient Egyptians. One of the oldest Egyptian medical textbooks, written in approximately 1550 BC, describes “bleeding” used to ‘remove pathogens from the body’. It is evident that bloodletting was considered a remedy for almost every type of disease as well as an important means of preserving good health and life.
Hippocrates and Galen were also great advocates of Wet Cupping (Hijamah). In Hippocrates’ time bloodletting was topological and not used in terms of the theory of the 4 humors. Specific points were bled for specific illnesses. Galen explains that the principle indication for bloodletting is to eliminate residues or divert blood from one part of the body to another. His approach was based on two key Unani concepts prevalent at the time. First, that blood did not circulate well in the body, and that it eventually went stagnant until it was “let out”. Secondly, the concept of the balance of the four humors (blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile) was the source of health or illness, in which case bloodletting is used to bring about balance between these humors. Mapping out the blood vessels of the body, Galen would cut his patients in different areas; depending on what area he wanted to treat.
In the East, Bloodletting and Wet Cupping (Hijama) was always an integral part of the medical practices, and remains so to this day. The ancient Chinese medical text which is widely regarded as the oldest medical text in existence, the Nei Jing, or Inner Classic says that: “if there is stagnation it must be first be resolved through bloodletting before the application of acupuncture or moxibustion.” Another ancient Chinese medical text the Su Wen gives detailed instructions for piercing combined with bloodletting.
The Talmud included rules for days where bloodletting could be practiced and early Christian writings also outlined which days were the best for bloodletting therapy.
North American natives are reported to have used buffalo horns for wet cupping. The horns were hollowed with a small hole at the top through which the cupper would suck the air out of, in order to create a vacuum in the horn which would then pull up the blood from the incisions previously made with a blade. Buffalo horns are also reported as being used for Wet Cupping (Hijama) during the Babylon - Assyrian Empire (stretching from Iraq to the Mediterranean). Bloodletting became widespread during the middle ages and surprisingly, became a practice common to barbers who would display a “bloodletting pole” outside their establishment to indicate that they practiced bloodletting.
In the Middle East region we find that the practice of Wet Cupping (Hijamah) was also being used by Prophet Muhamed (Peace be upon him) he encouraged and used it himself on many occasions.
Narrated By Abu Hurayrah: The Nabi (pbuh) said: The best medical treatment you apply is Wet Cupping (Hijamah). (Abu Dawud 22:3848)
In Finland, medicinal bleeding has been practiced at least since the 15th century, and it is still done traditionally in saunas. Cups made of cow's horns were commonly used. These had a valve mechanism in it to create the negative pressure within the cup for suction to take place. (Wet cupping (Hijama) is still commonly used in Finland as a complementary/alternative medicine.)
By the mid to late 1800’s however, bloodletting was sharply criticized by the medical fraternity and had fallen away as a popular method. Because of the procedure not being practiced correctly it was becoming responsible for a large number of deaths and therefore was increasingly being discredited by modern medicine, the newly established scientific model of medicine also began discrediting all other 24 previously established traditional therapies in order to gain medical dominance.
As the 20th century brought new medical knowledge, technology and scientific research based validation (and negation) of medical practices, bloodletting died out in modern medicine in the western world almost entirely within a few decades. It remained very much still a part of Chinese and Japanese Medical therapy, though practitioners trained outside of China or Japan were reluctant to perform the procedure. It also remained in use in the Muslim world including the Middle East and countries with larger Muslim populations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, etc
In the past 20-30 years it has found a tremendous resurgence amongst Muslim communities living in other parts of the world as well, with courses being offered to both medical practitioners and the public in some countries like the UK.
In most western countries like the US, Canada and Australia, Wet Cupping (Hijama) is starting to resurface. Dry cupping is a lot more commonly done than Wet cupping, but thats a 1 step closer to experiencing a truly unique and life changing spiritual practice to get you to your ideal wellness of feeling whole.
WET CUPPING (HIJAMA)
The Spiritual practice of applying a partial vacuum (negative pressure/suction) by these means causes the tissues beneath the cup to be drawn up and swell, thereby increasing oxygenated blood flow to the affected area (self induced cupping mark). This enhanced blood flow draws impurities and toxins (acidity/stagnation) away from the nearby tissues and organs towards the surface for elimination via the break in the skin layer created through superficial scratches (very light incisions) made prior to the reapplication of the "cup" or similar device. Aiding in allowing the body as a whole to naturally boost your immune system and have it rebuild itself so you can reach that “feeling reborn” feel.
The practice of applying a partial vacuum (negative pressure/suction) by these means causes the tissues beneath the cup to be drawn up and swell, thereby increasing oxygenated blood flow to the affected area (self induced cupping mark). This enhanced blood flow draws impurities and toxins (acidity/stagnation) away from the nearby tissues and organs towards the surface. Which aids in relieving tension and aches of the body and mind. No superficial scratches are done. Leaving the body to rid itself of the toxicant build up vs the wet cupping process (Hijama)
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