In Wet cupping Therapy (Hijamah) both of the above terms are often used interchangeably, they are both refer to the same thing.
But has anyone ever thought what these terms mean?
For the body to remain healthy it must be constantly moistened, nourished, and detoxified by an abundant supply of clean, fresh blood. When the blood does not circulate freely, known in Chinese Medicine as blood stasis, the body begins to show signs of disease. These signs include but are not limited to the following: stabbing pain that is worse when pressed upon, fixed masses on the surface of the body, dark complexion, rough scaly dry skin, dry hair, a purple cast to the lips and finger nails, a dark purple tongue with possible signs of bruising, and a sluggish feeling pulse.
There are two different kinds of blood stasis manifestation in the body which include blood that has leaked from the vessels and is lodged in the tissues, and blood that has stagnated or coagulated in the blood vessels and have become occluded (blood vessels that transport energy and blood throughout the body) and organs.
The location of the blood stasis will determine the kinds of symptoms that the person will experience. For example, blood that has stagnated in the liver will present as stabbing pain and abdominal mass. In the heart stagnation can show up as chest pain and palpitation. In the stomach it can cause blackish looking stool and possible vomiting of blood, and in the lung as chest pain and possible coughing up of blood. These are all extreme versions of blood stagnations as presented in uttermost cases.
However In the clinic we see much milder cases including pain from traumatic injuries such as sports injuries, painful menstruation and cramps, and migraine headaches degenerative diseases.
Blood stasis presents in numerous combinations with other pathogenic disharmonies. When the body presents with blood stasis signs, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, and the tongue is pale rather than purple, this is indicative of blood stasis with underlying blood deficiency. In this case the body does not have enough blood to properly circulate, so the blood becomes sluggish and stagnates.
When blood stasis signs are accompanied by cold limbs, which are made better upon warming, this is due to stagnation in major blood vessels as is the case in Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This can also show up as painful menstrual period, delayed menstruation with dark purple clots, pale tongue, and a pulse that feels deep and slow. In this case the cold has caused the blood to congeal and become sluggish. This leads to pain and the other symptoms mentioned above.
Due to time this once fresh blood becomes stagnated and remains in its place for the entirety of its length and becomes agglomerated with more dead blood cells collating and forming a blood clot and changes into decomposing waste matter which eventually begins to break down and decay.
It is during this process that this blood causes septic complications within the body.
The benefits of having this stagnated blood removed
1) Diverts and expels the toxins
2) Organs are made devoid of such harmful substances
3) Removes excess heat from within and from the surface of the body
4) Removes inflammation from tissues that have sustained injury.
5) Induces Homeostasis- The body`s ability to repair itself. Healing from within the body as well as a host of many other benefits from this prophetic treatment.
What is found in blood exhumed by Hijamah?
Just as the body passes out waste excrement through the digestive tract. The same can be said about this septic blood.
so what does a sample of hijamah blood contain…..
1) Burr Cells-redundant or dead red blood cells
2) Interstitial cellular fluids
3) High yields of Hypochromic cells usually seen in anaemic patients
4) Target cells observed in patients suffering from pathological disorders
5) Lymphocytes- again found in areas of injury
6) Cretinine levels are usually higher than venous blood
7) Plasma ratios are significantly lower in Hijamah blood than venous blood
8) Lipids, Triglycerides and Cholesterol among other
9) Higher nitrogenous waste.
10) Highly pigmented reddish brown in color.
Finally this blood is extremely viscous and highly acidic with a pH value ranging anything from 4.5 to 7.
Having the treatment of hijamah administered is the same as having the body serviced and tuned at the same time…Subhaan Allah.