Cupping has been practiced for over 7000 years and can be found in many cultures and health practices.Cupping has been used in Europe and Asia – and within these regions, there are differing styles and perceived Health benefits.
Recently I was visited by a Muslim student from a Leeds school who told me of it’s use and promotion in Islam, so I decided to research this. Although historically cupping predates the Qur’an, it is interesting that Islam has adopted and indeed promoted it’s use.
The word for cupping in Islam is ‘Hijama’ which comes from the word ‘hajm’ – meaning ‘sucking’. In Islamic tradition, it is said to bring good health, and a is a reward from Allah.
Cupping uses glass, wooden or bamboo cups. These are placed on the body on specific points when a slight vacuum is created in the cup – either by warn ming the air or by a vacuum pump. This causes a slight raise in the skin, and blood to be drawn to the area. It can be used for both treatment and/or diagnosis.
There are different styles of cupping –
- Dry Cupping – where the cup is place on the skin and is left static.
- Sliding Cups – here the cup is used to massage the area Oil is used to allow the cup to slide on the skin. This is a gentle and lovely way to relax the body.
- Cupping and letting – this involves letting blood before or after the cup has been applied. I do not use this technique as there are easier ways to treat conditions that could require this technique.