A Perspective on the Effects and Benefits of the Ancient Art of Hijama (Cupping) Therapy
by Dr. David Parker, ND
Published in the International Cupping Society (ICS) Magazine, January 2010
As a naturopath, nutritionist and healer, I was intrigued to explore the scientific reasons why the ancient art of cupping or Hijama therapy was so effective in treating a whole host of ailments and illnesses.
The wet cupping I found particularly fascinating and was curious to know more about the blood which was being extracted via the cup from various areas of the body.
From this viewpoint I started analysing the blood under dark field and light field microscopy. This proved very insightful and proved to me something I had suspected.
The dry layered blood sample viewed under lightfield microscopy consistently showed high concentrations of toxic metals and chemicals, as well as showing evidence of bacterial and parasitic activity. The appearance of the live blood under the dark field microscope showed that there were high concentrations of acids and inflammatory proteins often referred to as fibrin.
These phenomena were more frequently present when the blood was removed from an area where the patient was experiencing pain and inflammation. I conclude from this that the area of pain appears to act like a magnet for acids, toxins and pathogens.
It is therefore very logical to assume that removal of these from the local area will bring about symptomatic relief, while encouraging fresh circulating blood to deliver healing nutrients and oxygen to the affected tissue, thus providing healing and resolution.
Together with dietary change, cleansing and detoxification therapy, along with education regarding the avoidance of toxins within the patient’s environment, I see Hijama or wet cupping, as a very effective adjunctive therapy on the path to wellness.
The ideal live blood picture under dark field microscopy (above image). Observe the red cells sitting separately in their own space, therefore having the freedom to travel around the body network of capillaries, which in some cases are one red cell in diameter. Observe the free-floating white blood cells known as neutrophils, again having the freedom to patrol around the body searching out toxins and pathogens.
Degenerative processes evidenced under light field microscopy.
(The white lakes seen here indicate that tissues associated with the vascular system have become inflamed and are harbouring atherosclerotic plaques, toxic metals and cholesterol).
How the dry layered blood sample should look under light field microscopy.
(Observe the absence of any white lakes, the clean, finely cut edge showing no toxic metals and the black lines all joining together like a matrix).
About the Author:
David Parker, ND works in the field of clinical nutrition, naturopathy and research of the effectiveness of both modern and ancient healing techniques. Microscopic assessment of blood is one means of determining the nutritional status as well as the toxic elements present in a person’s blood.