HIJAMA/CUPPING- The Best way to purify Blood.
Most Probably, the first thing that comes to our minds when we hear the word ‘Halal’ is food. But Halal according to Islam is a complete way of life. All this was on display at the first ever Halal Exhibition dubbed ‘Halal Hub’ held in KICC Nairobi, Kenya last weekend whereby not only Halal foods but Halal Finance and Banking, Property ownership, Integrated System of Education, fashion, all kinds of Businesses, Healthcare among many others were on showcase.
What caught my attention during the exhibition was Hijama also known as Cupping being displayed as the best way to purify our Blood. The Cupping tent attracted many clients who attended the expo, eager to learn about what Hijama is all about, with some undergoing the Cupping therapy to cleanse their blood.
What is Cupping/Hijama?
Hijama is an Arabic word meaning ‘sucking’. It is used to refer to wet cupping where blood is drawn by vacuum from a small skin Incision for therapeutic purposes. The history of Hijama dates far back to the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him), having been quoted saying ‘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.’
How is Cupping Performed?
Cupping can be performed anywhere on the body, often at sites of pain in order to relieve it.
After identifying the place, the area around it is shaved, then the mouth of a hijama cup is placed on the skin. A tight seal is created so that the mouth of the cup can cling on to the skin. After some few minutes, the cup is lifted off and several very small incisions are made on the skin. The cup is then put back as it was before until the flow of blood subsides. Blood accumulates in the cup from where it is removed.
Health Benefits of Cupping
Cupping removes toxins and other waste material from blood and the results are a healthy and properly functioning body.
Cupping is believed to successfully treat back pain, chronic headache, arthritis and sciatica.
Cupping is beneficial for beauty therapy as it promotes blood flow and removes toxins hence slowing down the aging process.
In ancient times, it was used to drain pus from abscesses and suck blood from poisonous wounds and snake bites.
Most people believe that Hijama can cure almost anything according to ancient literature.
Downside of Cupping
There is need to regulate the practice of Cupping due to many reasons.
Currently there are no Rules to govern the practice in Kenya. Some offering the procedure are unqualified and this puts the patients at risk. There are reports that the procedure is being carried out in unhygienic circumstances such as garages where sterility is questionable. It is high time that the Government of Kenya and relevant authorities regulates complimentary medicine including the practice of Cupping.
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