It is recommended not to eat for two hours before the treatment session. This is to avoid diverting excessive blood to aid digestion and to gain the maximal benefit from cupping.
We also recommend:
To bring a copy of your Medication List / repeat Prescription
Wear loose comfortable clothing
Take a shower before treatment
Do have breakfast on the morning of your first session
Hydration is important drink plenty – water is the best drink for hydration.
If it is your first session, we will do the following:
History and Examination
Our Practitioner will take a full history about your symptoms and your medical conditions. If you take medications please bring a list with you. Basic observations may also be taken i.e. your heart rate, blood pressure ,urinalysis , blood sugar reading and perform a physical examination
Individual Cupping Treatment Plan
The Doctor will then decide if you are suitable to have cupping i.e. dry, wet massage cupping
You should then have the procedure explained to you and have any questions answered
the Practitioner will apply cupping
You will receive some written guidance as to what will happen next.
We normally advise a frequency of every 6-8 weeks. The number of sessions advised depends on the illness being treated and how you feel. This will be discussed with your cupping practitioner.
Your first consultation and treatment session will cost £49. This is not dependent upon the number of cups used. This appointment can last up to 45 minutes.
Following sessions are charged at £40. These appointments tend to be up to 30 minutes duration.
We normally advise that straight after a cupping session you rest for a few minutes and have a drink of water or try the Just-Health special Tea. You can usually resume your normal activities afterwards. In terms of diet it is better to avoid a very heavy diet such as lots of carbohydrates such as wheat, potatoes, bread and pasta. Our normal advice is to have fresh fruit, salads, pulses and grilled fish or chicken for at least 24-48 hours after the session. You should also ensure that you are drinking plenty of water.
Generally Dry and Wet cupping have very few side effects. During your consultation a Just-Health practitioner will explain the possible side effects and risks involved in further detail.
There is a small risk of infection of the skin after the procedure. However this risk is minimal provided that the correct procedures are used to clean the skin beforehand, as well as taking care of infection control procedures during and after the procedure. Some other risks include:
Scarring of Skin – this is rare as we only do a small incision
Haematoma – bruising, this can be excessive if excessive suction has been applied
Feeling light headed, sweating, nauseous, mild pain.
Just Health only uses sterile single use (as in disposable) cups, and vacuum pumps for cupping and that a clean surgical area is set up for each patient prior to cupping. All our clinical waste is disposed of in accordance with proper clinical waste disposal policy.
Is Cupping Painful?
During cupping therapy you may experience some discomfort or pressure when the cups are applied to the skin. However the suction should not be so excessive that it causes pain. There may also be some mild discomfort when the cupping practitioner makes small incisions in the skin for wet cupping.
The first documented use in Islam are found in the teachings of the Islamic prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
It is accepted by most Muslims that Wet Cupping (Hijama) is one of the remedies from the sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Not only did he have hijama performed on himself, but he also recommended it as a beneficial treatment for various ailments. A number of hadith support its recommendation and use. As a result, the practice of cupping therapy has survived in Muslim countries. Today, wet cupping is a popular remedy practiced in many parts of the Muslim world
Here are a number of hadiths that support the remedy as sunnah.
“Sunnah” means Practices of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) and his recommendations/guidance
Prophet (PBUH) said “For every disease there is a remedy and when the remedy is applied to the disease, It is healed by Allah’s Leave,” (Jabir)
Prophet (PBUH) said:Healing is in three things: in the incision of the cupper, in drinking honey, and in cauterizing with fire, but I forbid my Ummah (nation) from cauterization (branding with fire).” (Abdullah ibn Abbas)
Prophet (PBUH) said: “If there is a remedy that will reach the disease, then cupping will reach it.” (Malik)
‘During the night of Isra, every company (of angels) that I passed by would say, ‘O Mohammed! Order your nation to use cupping.’ (Ibn Majah)
Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘Cupping is among your best remedies.’ (Sahihayn)
Hijama As a preventative therapy
Prophet (PBUH) said: “When the weather becomes extremely hot, seek aid in cupping/HIjama. Do not allow your blood to rage (boil) such that it kills you.” (Anas ibn Maalik)
Note that even though the various forms and methods of Cupping are beneficial, only wet cupping (hijama) is a remedy from the sunnah.
What are the Sunnah points and Sunnah Days?
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to be cupped on the JV and the upper part of the back on the seventeenth, nineteenth or twenty-first day of the month.’ (Al-Tirmidhi)
The Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘Those who have cupping on the seventeenth, nineteenth or twenty-first day of the month will be cured from every disease.’ (Abu Dawood)
It is generally recognised that the 17th, 19th or 21st day of the Islamic calendar are Sunnah days. The upper parts of the back are recognised as sunnah points
Is cupping allowed during fasting?
There are several hadiths stating that cupping breaks the fast, hence one should not perform cupping while fasting. Just-Health for obvious medical reasons state no one should have wet cupping therapy if fasting due to health and safety risks.
Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘Those undergoing cupping and those who do it have both broken the fast.’