• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Hijama Therapy – Separating The Truths From Myths

Hijama therapy is an ancient form of Chinese alternative medicine that has been here for years. Hijama therapy is also called as cupping therapy. The therapy has been used to treat migraines, aches, colds, hypertension, and several other conditions. The exact mechanism of how this therapy reduces symptoms is unclear. There are limited high-quality studies to describe the effectiveness of hijama therapy.

This session tries to separate the truths from myths surrounding this hijama therapy.

Hijama Therapy – Separating the Truths from Myths

There Is a Strong Scientific Theory to Explain HijamaTherapy-No

There have been several theories put forth to explain the mechanism of how hijama therapy works. Six theories were put forth to explain the benefits. But none of the theories is convincing enough to explain the full spectrum of effects and benefits. Large randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis are required to explain the benefits and scientific basis of hijama therapy. Innovative conceptualizations are required in near future.

Hijama Therapy Leaves Bruises-Yes, but Not Like Traditional Bruises

Cupping leaves few marks on the places of the body where it is done. But cupping marks cannot be considered like typical bruises. In cupping therapy, blood is gently and deliberately drawn to the surface of the skin. This fresh blood is thought to promote healing in areas of discomfort or inflammation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the surface of the skin. Some people may be more susceptible to marks while some are not. Cupping marks are usually painless and tend to fade away in a few days. Steps are been taken to ensure the therapy is more comfortable and the user should get a hassle-free experience.

Hijama Therapy Is Painful-Not Much!

If the correct technique and the right practitioner performHijama therapy, the procedure is not going to very painful. Cupping is considered to be a highly relaxing experience as the skin is gently separated from tight muscles, blockages are cleared, and the body tries to heal itself from the inside out. Cupping is considered to be a safe approach when the procedure and the instructions are followed appropriately.

Cupping Is a New Therapy- No

Hijama therapy

Hijama therapy- An alternative medicine, Credits: pixabay


Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese alternative medicine that has been for thousands of years. The technique is gaining popularity as more athletes are undergoing this therapy to relieve their pain and for rejuvenation. Cupping therapy is a form of holistic healing and like an acupuncture method.

Hijama Therapy Can Be Done At Home- Yes

If you learn the technique from a qualified professional and think you are mastered and confident in that, you can do this at home. Quality cupping systems can be purchased at an affordable cost and the technique can easily be practiced at home.

Cupping Can Substitute Standard Treatments-No

Though cupping can be helpful to treat certain conditions, it cannot be a substitute for standard medical treatment. It is also advisable to have a doctor consultation before you involve in this therapy.

Anyone Can Get HijiamaTherapy-No

Hijama therapy may not be suitable for pregnant women, elder people, and people who are on blood -thinning medications. Know the contraindications of this therapy before you get started.

Hijama Therapy Cause Side Effects

A man with infections on the skin

A man with infections on the skin, Credits: pixabay


Like any therapy, this therapy also poses significant side effects like nausea, lightheadedness, and skin infections.

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