Cupping and Hirudotherapy

With more diseases today than ever before, treatments are no longer restricted to modern medicine. The growing demand for alternative medicine is evidence for this as people explore other options for getting well. Although doctors are sceptical about it, studies on such treatments show that, in some cases, they appear to work. Two of them are cupping and hirudotherapy.

Dapatkan produk kesihatan TERBAIK di Kedai SihatSelalu <-- Klik!


The Malays call it bekam. This traditional healing technique uses materials such as bamboo, glass, copper and even buffalo horns. It is said to be derived from an ancient Chinese healing treatment, and is also practiced by the Japanese and Arabs, who call it al-hijamah.

There are two methods of cupping - the dry and wet version.

In dry cupping, the glass cups are heated to create a vacuum. The cups are then placed on specific parts of the body to “suck” skin upwards. This helps to open up the pores, thus stimulating the flow of blood, balancing and realigning the flow of energy called qi, loosening obstructions and creating an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Wet cupping uses needles to prick the skin before treatment. As soon as the cup is placed over the pricked skin, a little blood may flow from the punctured site to help remove toxins from the body.

Cupping is said to be able to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, and clear colon blockages and veins. It is also believed to be an effective treatment for a number of musculo-skeletal conditions, besides promoting general well-being.


It may not work for the squeamish, but this treatment using medicinal leeches is fast becoming popular among some. Hirudotherapy dates back 2500 years when it was used as a form of bloodletting in ancient Egypt.

But when modern medicine came into the picture, it was cast aside until it made a comeback in the 1980s. This was when it was used after microsurgery to prevent painful swelling and blood-clotting by having leeches suck the excess blood, thereby reducing the swelling in the tissues and promoting healing after the surgery.

Studies have found that leech saliva contains about 100 biologically active substances including hirudin, the substance that inhibits blood-clotting.

Leech therapy is said to be able to reduce stress, normalise sleeping patterns, treat a number of cardiovascular diseases as well as hypertension and arthritis. It is also reputed to restore the impaired vascular permeability of tissues and organs, enhance immunity and accelerate detoxification, and prevent strokes.

It could even replace botox or plastic surgery — Hollywood actress Demi Moore used it to detoxify and cleanse her blood. Perhaps that’s why she’s looking younger than she is!

More info on CUPPING HERE.

Jom bincang artikel di atas...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Lagi Info Semasa di FB SihatSelalu