A therapy modality in it's own right
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. Eber's papyrus (1550 BC) from Ancient Egypt is one of the oldest medical texts to mention cupping therapy. Cupping therapy is part of numerous ancient healing systems, such as Chinese, Unani, traditional Korean, Tibetan, and Oriental medicine. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates compiled extensive descriptions of the cupping application. He described two different types of cups: one with a narrow opening and a long handle and the other with a wider opening. The first type was used to treat deep accumulation of fluids, while the second type was used to treat the spread of pain. Cupping therapy was a popular historical treatment in Arabic and Islamic countries. It was recommended by Arabic and Islamic physicians such as Ibn Sina (AD 980–1037), Al-Zahrawi (AD 936–1036), and Abu Bakr Al-Razi (AD 854–925). Al-Zahrawi described cupping sites and illustrated cupping tools with diagrams. Cupping therapy practice spread to Italy and, subsequently, the rest of Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, during the Renaissance. Cupping was a very popular treatment of gout and arthritis in Italy during this period.
Cupping therapy on it's own can effectively treat many conditions, personally its my to go to modality for sciatica, lower back and knee pain. When combined with acupuncture the effect is doubled.
Modern medicine believes that the life span of red blood cells is 120 days after which they are buried in the Liver and Spleen but with the fast pace life style, stress, poor quality foods and diets of today the liver and spleen might not cope as expected and that's where cupping comes in as the only answer with the Hijama protocol.
Hijama is an ancient protocol (approximately 1440 years) during which blood is extracted from certain areas on the upper back, this is best done on 3 specific days of the 2nd half of the lunar month, per ancient theory the lunar gravitation READ HERE which is at its highest on full moon nights (13th, 14th and 15th of the lunar month) has an upwards pulling effect on the body's blood and as this gravitation decreases along the 2nd half of the lunar month (what is the lunar month?) toxins and impurities that were raised up with blood by this gravitational force stay in certain areas in the upper back, remember that along the back lie points which are considered direct access to internal organs called Back Shu points in Chinese medical theory. We aim to cup those areas and specifically in the 2nd half of the lunar month (17th - 27th) that's why there is no equivalent to Hijama cupping in ridding the body from all of the toxins and harmful substances that circulate in the blood day in day out.