According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation — stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow.
The procedure involves placing glass cups over specific points on the back and then heating them to create a vacuum. It unblocks lymph nodes along the spine, which in turn helps the body to work more efficiency. Cupping also stimulates tissues to release toxins and activates the veins. It is widely used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Wet cupping ( Hijama ): the history of wet cupping ( Hijama ) date back thousands of years, the first documented uses are found in the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to Muhammad al-Bukhari, Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj Nishapuri and Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Muhammad approved of the Hijama (cupping) treatment.
- Cupping Therapy may leave marks on the area where cups have been applied but usually will vanish in no more than a week.
- Cupping is not advised over skin ulcers or to the abdominal or sacral regions of pregnant women.