WHAT DOES “CUPPING” MEANS?:
Cupping, in brief, is the process of extracting toxic blood accumulated under the skin and causing diseases in the body by vacuuming it. Cupping is a very important treatment method strongly recommended and also applied by our Master the Prophet (peace be on him), declared as Sunnah.
The blood accumulated under the skin is in a dark-colored jelly-like form and does not maintain blood characteristics any more; for this reason, besides negatively affecting our immune system, it causes numerous diseases.
As a method of treatment administered without causing pain, requiring bedrest or leading to loss of labor, cupping is the easiest way to prevent from diseases and live healthfully.
“Hijama (cupping)” means “to absorb” and “to normalize” in Arabic. If cupping is properly administered at regular intervals in appropriate periods, the heavy metals, toxins, free radicals and the residue left in the body by the drugs and genetically modified foods are absorbed and our bodies are returned to their normal form.
Besides being very common in Islamic countries, cupping is also a treatment method administered all over the w
orld including the European countries. Cupping, traditionally administered by means of horns, is now applied with the help of glass cups or vacuum sets. In addition, while cutting process is realized with a razor in general, in terms of hygiene, we use scalpel in our clinic. We pay special attention to using disposable materials in the treatment process.
GENERAL BENEFITS OF CUPPING
Since, before anything else, cupping is a blood-giving process, this treatment method is provided with all medical benefits of giving blood. Having therapeutic properties against all immunologic chronic diseases, cupping is administered for prophylactic purposes.
- It strengthens the immune system and protects against diseases by providing resistance to the body.
- It ensures removal of heavy metals and toxins accumulated in the blood.
- in addition, it stimulates blood-producing organs and regulates blood circulation and metabolism.
- It is effective in the treatment of pain and in removing edema.
- It is successfully administered in the treatment of all immunologic chronic diseases such as migraine, spinal and cervical disk herniation, arthralgia, liver problems, heart diseases, psychological disorders, forgetfulness, eye problems, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure.
HOW TO PERFORM CUPPING THERAPY
Cupping therapy is a kind of surgical intervention. How and to whom cupping therapy should be applied is determined by the doctor as in all other methods of treatment. I should be administered by the doctor or a medical personnel under physician control.
WHEN TO PERFORM CUPPING THERAPY
In case that cupping will be performed not for any discomfort but for detox and prophylaxis purposes, it is important to comply with seasons, months and days of the week recommended and deemed as Sunnah in order to increase its benefits.
It is more appropriate to perform cupping in the odd numbered ones (15, 17 19, 21, 23, 25…) between the 14th and 28th days of the Hijri calendar months in the spring and fall. However, if it is to be performed for treatment purposes in case of any discomfort, it should be administered as soon as possible regardless of season or days of the month. In such a case, we only take the days of a week into consideration. Cupping is recommended to be performed twice a week, in spring and fall.
TO WHICH REGIONS OF THE HUMAN BODY IS CUPPING THERAPY PERFORMED?
Although it is very common to perform it on the back, it can also be administered on the head and any other acupuncture points of the body according to the disease or complaint of the person. However, the region where cupping to be performed should be determined by the physician.
FOR WHOM IS CUPPING THERAPY CONTRAINDICATED?
Cupping therapy is contraindicated for those with heart failure, hemophilia, anemia, hypotension and in the case of pregnancy.
In addition, those who will be cupped should not be using use blood thinners or aspirin. It is also not convenient for those who will receive the therapy to be too hungry or too full. During 24 hours after therapy, it is recommended to avoid from eating rich foods and drink plenty of fluids.
HADITHS RELATED TO THE CUPPING THERAPY
Everything performed or recommended to be performed by our Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) undoubtedly makes sense and has a wisdom. His life constitutes a model for us: “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often” (al-Ahzab, 33/21).
Our Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) says ”Drinking honey syrup, giving blood and cauterization are the three health-giving things.” “However, I do not like cauterization.” (8).
Our Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) received cupping therapy himself from a Haccâm (Cupping performer) called Ebû Taybe; had his blood drawn from his head, paid off for the Haccâm and said: “Cupping is the most beautiful way to have bloood drawn.” (Bukhari, Medicine 13; Muslim, Musakat 62, 63; Abu Dawud Marriage 26, Medicine 3).
The Propht Mohammad (peace be upon him) received cupping therapy in Djellaba. (Bukhari, Kitab Al-Sawm, 22; Muslim, Hajj 87, 88; Abu Dawud Menâsik 35). There has been a consensus among religious scholars that cupping is permissible provided as long as not having haircut while dressed in Djellaba. Likewise, the Prophet (peace be upon him) received cupping therapy while fasting. (Bukhari, Medicine II, Abu Dawud, Siam 29).
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whenever I come across to an angel community on the Miraj Night, They said “O Muhammad, go ahead with having blood drawn and also recommend your Ummah to do so”. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ahmad ibn Hanbal)