Wet and Dry Cupping/Hijaama



Included in our services here at Alternate Therapy is the ancient practice of cupping, a medicine that is widely popular today. We have both a trained Male and a Female cupping therapist who specialise in wet and dry cupping, a method which is in-fact the best deep tissue massage that is available, due to its ability to reach within 4 inches of the body. Many resort to it as a way of allowing localised healing, eliminating harmful toxins and activating the lymphatic system, veins, arteries and capillaries.


Despite what may seem like a modern trend, cupping can be dated back to its ancient origins, commonly within Egypt and the Middle East. Within a small number of regular sessions, patients have reported decreased pain in particular areas, showing an immediate positive impact.


The cups may be made of:


  • Glass
  • Bamboo
  • Earthenware
  • Silicone



There are different methods of cupping, including:

  • Dry
  • Wet

During both types of cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage like effect.

Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, they do a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

Proved to be a Sunnah act performed many thousands of years ago by the best of mankind, cupping remains a cure for numerous illnesses, to date. This includes colds, lung infections, problems associated with the internal organs, vomiting, diarrhoea, asthmatic conditions, kidney problems, digestive disorders, respiratory diseases, pains in the muscles, pains within the joints and some gynaecological disorders.

It is also referred to as ‘Hijaama’, a term derived from the Arabic word ‘hajm’, which defines to the action of sucking.


‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to apply cupping on three areas, his upper back area and the two jugular veins.’

[al-Bukhari and Muslim]


Anas (radiAllahu anhu) said:
‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to apply cupping on the two jugular veins and the upper part of the back.’

In the narration reported by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud; the angels said, “Oh Muhammad,
order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama).”
[Saheeh Sunan Tirmidhee (3479)].
[Abu Dawood, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ahmad and al-Hakim]

In simple terms, the process of cupping begins with a cup that is firmly applied to the bare skin. This can be done on many parts of the body, depending on the individual’s needs and pain areas. The pressure in the cup is gradually altered by either a change in heat or by the suctioning of air within the cup. Within a short period of time, this leads to the outer skin and the superficial muscle layer within it to be drawn into and held in the cup. There are also instances where we perform the technique of massage cupping, whereby the cup is moved while the suction of the skin is active. This causes a pulling of the skin and muscle from the area that the cup is placed.

Wet cupping can also be used and this includes a sterile blade working to carefully place a cut in the skin. As a result, a small amount of blood is able to flow before the cup is applied over the skin region to let the suction process begin. This technique is more effective in promoting blood circulation, removing stasis and alleviating swelling and pain. On the more psychological side, cupping aids in mental stability by releasing chemicals in the brain that are known for reducing stress and depression.

If you would like further information or are looking into booking a session, contact us:


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