Good ‘ole bekam
I have previously posted an article about bekam or cupping here. Bekam is Malay for cupping; ‘al-hijjamah’ in Arabic or ‘gua-sha’ in Chinese. [Not Victoria and David Beckham, this couple is another passion of mine but of different category.]
Anyway, hubby and I had another session of cupping the other night. As I mentioned in my first post, it hurt when you had small cuts but the after-effect was just out-of this world. Ok I may be exaggerating but the feeling was really awesome. For both of us, we slept well and feel lighter (and much happier) even until now.
A hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said that Jibrail alaihisalam repeatedly emphasised upon him to resort to cupping to the extent that the prophet feared that cupping will be made compulsory. I heard of a story that before the Isra’ Miraj, Prophet Muhammad was being cleansed physically through cupping by angels – I am yet to verify this story.
Another hadith said that the prophet use hijammah to three parts of his body, the top part of his back and the two sides of his neck.
If you ever feel sluggish, have body pains especially in your lower back, arms and shoulders or even your legs or suffer from migraine or insomnia, I recommend that you run or drive to the nearest cupping centre or clinic. I saw a cheap plastic cupping set being sold at one of those basement stalls at Hua Ho Manggis for B$15 per set. The set is meant for home-based therapy.
The idea of cupping is to remove wind and blood clots from the body system. The clots if left for a very long time may lead to cancer or other cardio-pulmonary diseases.
On a trip to KL last time, I saw one clinic using buffalo horns to suck out blood from the patients. I was told that glasses and plastic cups hold on to the skin better than the horns. Other types of cups use for cupping are rubber or bamboo. I would still prefer plastic for hygienic purposes.