World Bulletin / News Desk
So the Olympics 2016 in Rio is in full flow and a few athletes have already won gold.
However, many people are talking about red marks seen on athletes such as US swimmer Michael Phelps’s, Gymnast Alex Naddour and others. These red marks are caused by cupping and many people are curious about it.
This isn’t too surprising to Muslims though. Why? Because it has been a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) who practiced it and recommend it more than 1400 years ago!
So, what is it?
Hijama حجامة “sucking” is the Arabic term for wet cupping, where blood is drawn by vacuum from a small skin incision for therapeutic purposes.
There is also a ‘dry cupping’ which does not draw out the blood (like the previous pic). Some use it for massaging; using olive oil in order to make easy movement of the cups.
Does it hurt?
The pain is minimal, like a prick, but then again it depends on what hurts you and what doesn’t! However, this is a great Sunnah and benefits your body a lot. So don’t lose out.
Other medical benefits…
Hijama therapy helps treat the following conditions:vheadaches, poison, fatigue, period pain, constipation and diarrhea, back pain, arthritis, injuries, asthma, anemia, depression and emotional problems, atrophy, sciatica, common cold and flu, skin problems, emotional problems, depression and much more.
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