07 Sep The Comeback of Hijama
Hijama, the Arabic term for ‘wet-cupping’, is an ancient bloodletting technique that has been practiced by several civilisations, including the Greeks and Persians, in order to treat a host of ailments and bodily disorders. Hippocrates had mentioned the practice in his writings while Prophet Muhammad is quoted in stating that “indeed the best of remedies you have is hijama, and if there was something excellent to be used as a remedy then it is hijama.” Modern science is now beginning to endorse hijama’s stimulating and strengthening effects, as it is now recognised as an important way in which to maintain general well-being.
To sum up the practice, hijama simply draws out toxic or ‘bad’ blood from the body through certain ‘hijama points’. First off, little incisions are introduced to the skin of these points, which are then covered by suction cups. Clotted blood is then drawn from these incisions and collected in these cups, where it is then removed. The procedure is pretty simple, generally lasting up to 10-15 minutes, however the effects are by far dramatic.
Our health and well-being, being tied to our immune system, is totally dependent on the flow of blood and body fluids like hormones and lymphatic fluid. It is also worth noting that about majority of diseases and disorders are caused by the failure of blood to circulate properly in the body. Hijama is thereby considered one of the best preventive measures against such disorders. Here are three things in which hijama is most noteworthy for!
Hijama & Detoxification
One of the main benefits of hijama is that it releases toxins with minimal additional stress to internal organs. It also directly de-acidifies tissues, enhances blood circulation, stimulates the immune system and reduces stress as it releases chemicals in the brain that reduce stress and depression. Another major benefit of the therapy is that it facilitates a sufficient flow of nutrition to the affected tissues and stimulates the flow of blood and lymph to the affected area. In this way, it improves blood and lymph flow, and activates the function of the organs.
Hijama & Immunity
Hijama strengthens the body’s resistance and eliminates pathogenic factors and so prevents illness. It also regulates the function of the blood and promotes general good health. By creating localised bruising, hijama activates the body’s defensive cells to heal the bruised area.
Hijama & Beauty
Hijama is also beneficial in beauty therapy as it promotes the production of hormones, encourages blood flow and body fluid movement in the bowels and internal organs. It energises the skin tissue and induces healing on a subcutaneous level, and in this way, it is one of the most effective methods in treating skin conditions from eczema to acne and psoriasis.