Cupping Therapy is an ancient treatment that employs the localised use of negative pressure, creating a vacuum to promote healing. Cupping uses controlled suction to open up muscle tissue and vastly increase local circulation of blood and fluids thereby facilitating pain relief and reducing inflammation.
At Bankstown Health we offer both Dry and Wet (Hijama) cupping.
Dry cupping sessions are performed using glass cups where a flammable object is placed into the cup to remove the oxygen whilst quickly placing the cup upside down on the skin to create a suction. Cups are left on for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on the tightness of the recipient’s muscles a circular bruise may occur however this should disappear within 3 to 5 days.
Wet Cupping (Hijama)
At Bankstown Health all wet cupping treatments (hijama) starts off with a massage cupping session using glass fire cups. After a five to ten-minute session of massage cupping disposal cups are placed on specific meridian points on the patient’s back. A mild suction is created using a cup and a pump on selected areas and left for a few minutes to create a local anesthesia effect.
The cups are then removed and superficial skin incisions are made with a small cupping scalpel/surgical blade. The therapist then places five to eight cups on the patient’s back and performs a second suction for a few minutes, to draw out around 500 milliliters of blood. Wet cupping is said to relieve congestion by taking out bad blood so your body creates fresh, new blood.
Cuts should heal after three days and there should be no scarring.
Warning: Wet cupping is not recommended for healthy children, people with pacemakers, during pregnancy and renal failure patients.
Anyone on anticoagulants should stop taking their blood clotting medication 24-48 hours before a wet cupping session, in consultation with their GP.
Discover more about our cupping practitioner Naseema Haffejee.