Can Dry Cupping be a Diagnosis Method for Wet Cupping (hijama)?

Can Dry Cupping be a Diagnosis Method for Wet Cupping (hijama)?

Let me start this post with a couple of slightly odd hypothetical questions:

– If due to some strange accident, you got bruised in several (say half a dozen) places on your back, and the bruises were all equal in shape & colour, wouldn’t you except them to heal / fade away all at the same rate (say within the next few days or so)?

– And if they didn’t fade away at the same speed, would that then tell you something about different parts of your back (and maybe the organs and the blood flow underneath the site of the bruises)?

Now coming back to the title of this post:
Can Dry Cupping be a Diagnosis Method for Wet Cupping (hijama)?

If you look at the photo, you can see six dry-cupping marks on the back. The strange thing is, although they were all made at the same time from a recent dry cupping session, after a couple of days they are at different intensities. As per my initial question above, it would be logical to assume that all the marks will fade away at the same speed. However we see couple of the marks much darker, and couple of them have already started fading away.

A simple way to interpret this would be:

The areas with the darker bruises probably have poorer blood circulation than the lighter ones, and therefore are the ideal sites to perform hijama (wet-cupping), to drain out some of the stagnated blood and hopefully improve and increase blood-circulation to those areas.

And after doing the required hijama, it would also be idea to then carry out dry-cupping again say 2 months later, and see if there is any difference in the ‘fading-away’ rate of the bruises. If this time round, they fade quicker and more evenly (ie all ‘bruises’ fade at the same speed), then it may prove that your hijama treatment had a result!

So there you are, as well as being a separate therapy in its own right, above is a simple illustration how dry-cupping can be a diagnosis tool for wet-cupping (aka blood-cupping or hijama)

All fascinating stuff, I hope you will agree! And if you are a therapist who uses or have used dry-cupping as a diagnostic method in this way, then please share your experience by leaving a comment* below. Similarly as a patient, if you have had this sort of thing done, then again your comments* will be much appreciated.


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Comments: 2

  1. Posted by Tara Umm Omar 29 May 2009 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Masha’Allah what an excellent idea! This method could cut down on unnecessary cupping right?

  2. Posted by Ahealth 31 May 2009 at 7:45 am Reply

    Hi Tara, yes I suppose you could say that. But also I think it would help the therapist identify the problem areas to treat, and perhaps more importantly for the ‘patient’, the therapist could also demonstrate the effectiveness of hijama by showing at subsequent sessions what improvements hijama is having on the blood circulation in the problem areas (ie subsequent sessions would then hopefully show less dark spots – which would mean less stagnation!). Perhaps a therapist who knows more about this can enlighten with further comments.

    So in essence, dry-cupping would then not only be a DIAGNOSTIC tool, but also a PERFORMANCE TRACKING tool for Hijama!

    Anyone who can elaborate further on this, please leave a comment.


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