Cupping Therapy FAQ
- Why Cupping Therapy?
Cupping can wake up the body and encourage it to heal itself by reactivating a dormant immune system. Cupping can also remove the harmful toxins by removing small amounts of blood. Other treatments like medicines, homeopathy, and physiotherapy often have limitations, side effects or are simply ineffective in certain individuals. Cupping offers an effective and immediate treatment option for patients suffering with pain and other conditions too. For certain problems, one short session can provide a longlasting cure for other conditions regular cupping can keep symptoms at bay and result in a real improved quality of life.
- How does Cupping work?
This is a difficult question to answer. For thousands of years the idea that illness occurs when energy flow is blocked, has been sufficient for millions of people. Much research is now being carried out in the West to answer this question but nothing has provided a complete explanation yet. We know that Cupping causes the release of endorphins in the body (natural painkillers) and other hormones such as seratonin and that it also an effect on the adrenal glands. However this is just a small part of the picture and at present we have to say that we cannot fully explain how it works, we just know it does!
- Does Cupping work?
Quite simply yes! As the main form of treatment in the East for thousands of years, it could not have continued for so long if it did not work.
There is much evidence that demonstrates that effectiveness of Cupping in treating certain conditions, eg back pain, knee pain, asthma, sinusitis (the list goes on). We highly recommend for you to try one session to feel the immediate results of cupping. We are sure that you will feel an improvement.
- Will it hurt?
The blades used are much finer than those normally used and are not painful. The sensation felt is often described as a sharp scratch around the area. Patients often report feeling relaxed or invigorated during and after treatment. Cupping should not be a painful or unpleasant experience.
- How long will it take?
The initial assessment will normally be for around an hour as a full history is taken. This includes all aspects of your health and family history. You will also have your blood pressure and weight taken. We do not limit the amount of areas we treat or the amount or size of cups we use but will ensure that only a safe amount of blood is removed in one session
Subsequent sessions will be shorter, approximately 40minutes.
- Will I need to get undressed?
This depends on the area being treated. You may need to undress some items of clothing. Female clients can choose to be treated by our female clinicians.
- How many sessions will I need?
As each person and their condition is unique, the length of treatment differs. For almost all of the conditions we treat there will be a noticeable improvement after just one session. For more chronic conditions such as asthma or psoriasis you may need cupping treatment once a month for a few months and then maintenance cupping less frequently.
- Is it safe?
All of our clinicians are experienced in cupping and many are trained physicians or dentists. We observe a strict code of practice which governs our standard of care as well as our level of conduct. All sharps used are sterile and disposable and we ensure the clinic operates with the highest levels if hygiene in mind. For your individual safety we ensure that your blood pressure is safe to proceed as well as before you leave the clinic. After your treatment you will receive after-care advice to assist you should there be any post-treatment concerns.
- Will my GP be informed?
This is entirely up to you. We can write to your General Practitioner outlining the treatment you have received with us if you request for us to do so. Your Doctor can also write and refer to the London Cupping Clinic.
- I have seen my doctor and they can’t help with my medical problems..
The London Cupping Clinic follows a holistic approach when treating patients. As well as detoxing the body, we look at all aspects of the patient's life to restore that much needed balance. It would be ideal if you can bring in any correspondence from your doctor for us to assess and formulate the best care plan for you. During your consultation session, our specialist clinicians will spend time finding out about your symptoms and how your particular health issues affect you. If your issues are complex, it would be ideal to book with our Lead clinician who is a Doctor. We also have female doctors on our clinical team. We may ask you to revisit your General Medical Practitioner or contact them on your behalf with your consent if we require further information, as your safety is at the forefront of our care.
- I am on a lot of medication what should I do before my hijama session?
Please bring in a list of your medications or prescription from your doctor so this can be assessed thoroughly at your consultation. Do not change your medication regimen or stop any medications take everything as normal.
- I take blood thinning drugs- should I stop them before coming?
NO. Do not stop any medication as this may adversely affect your health, we will advise you during your consultation - however if you do take anything like warfarin/heparin or other blood thinning medications do let us know when you book your appointment.
- How many Hijama sessions do I need?
Cupping works with the body's natural healing systems, as such the frequency and number of sessions, will vary between individuals, as such a care plan will be formulated specific to yourself, giving an exact number of sessions you will need is complex, as each individual will respond to the treatment differently. Because we are working with your body's unique healing ability, progress will be influenced by many factors. Specific illnesses require specific treatment regimes, and at the end of the initial treatment you will be reassessed and advised accordingly.
- What Equipment do you use?
Due to the wealth of combined experience of our clinicians working in various specialist fields, we have our own set of internal protocols and strict clinical procedures. All our equipment is single use; disposable cups, medical gloves, surgical blades and auxiliary equipment. As our clinicians work in healthcare, we constantly review and audit our infection control procedures with due diligence to meet up to date guidelines. We use a hospital linked Clinical waste company that removes our clinical waste for incineration.
- Do you offer any other services at your Clinic?
We have an in house nutritionist, who is developing our own range of herbal and natural products that patients will benefit from to use adjunctively with their hijama care plans. Such products include various types of natural honey and herbal mixtures. Oils, balms, and vinegars. Please see the relevant section on our website (LINK).
"Do you have anyone who speaks my language?
- Do you have anyone who speaks my language?
We fully understand the importance of communication so that a thorough consultation and care plan can be formulated by our clinician's understanding of your condition. For this reason, we have specialist clinicians in our clinics who are multilingual, speaking a plethora of languages to include: English, French, Arabic, Urdu and Bengali. If however you have a friend or family member that can translate for you for other languages this will assist us all.
- Does the treatment leave any marks and where will you apply them?
Cupping can leave bruise marks and the healing time for this can vary; anything between 1 to 7 days depending on the skin type, stagnation and individual's healing ability.
The scratch marks however can take 7-21 days to heal or fade and this varies from person to person.
Patients will have the treatment administered with the lightest technique to avoid scarring, aftercare advice will be provided so that scarring is prevented however some skin types and locations are prone to light scarring.
For those wanting a basic detox session (Sunnah) the main points we treat are on the neck, back and head so the minor bruising will not be very noticeable when clothed. There are cupping pathways running down the front, back, arms and legs and the clinician may select the best points in any of these areas. Also, some ailments require treatment on the head.
- Can I go to work after my treatment?
Most people treated are fine to go about their daily living, but this is different for everyone, if you have a job requiring heavy manual work it maybe worth having the present or next day off to rest, especially after your first treatment session, you will be given written and verbal aftercare instructions.
- Will I feel unwell after the treatment?
Most people describe feeling 'lighter' after their treatment. Some feel a boost in energy and others feel a little fatigued. Each outcome is completely natural and depends on the patient's state of health when they have their treatment. We take careful consideration of our patient's safety when assessing them during their consultation.
Each patient is provided with aftercare advice to guide them through what to expect after their treatment.
Some patients are curious to see the toxic blood whilst others are squeamish, this is normal and nothing to worry about.
All of our practitioners are well trained so you will not be in direct site of any clinical waste. It is very rare that people feel sick as a result of the physiological changes, but if they do it is important to understand that Hijama is the fastest and most effective way to detoxify your body; the nausea is not classed as dangerous and is not classified as a side effect.
- Will I need to uncover certain parts of my body?
Cupping points are located all over the body, your clinician will ask you to uncover only the areas that they will treat, this will maintain the patient's modesty and dignity. You will be provided with a gown/towel as necessary. Female patients will be treated by females clinicians and male patients with male clinicians.
- What other advice can you give me to help me?
Hijama is part of a plethora of alternative or complimentary medicines. Many people will benefit from diet and lifestyle changes. We may at times advise you to see other specialists e.g. in the field of physiotherapy/nutrition/acupuncture to assist you further. It is important to understand that there are many factors involved in creating your state of health. These are your diet, your work/life balance, what exercise you take and your stress levels. In order to help you to attain your optimum health, it is sensible to look at all these factors and to give you guidance on making improvements where needed.
- I wanted my child to have treatment for their ailment. Do you treat children?
Yes we do. Children will also require a consultation appointment in the presence of their parent or legal guardian to go through their care plan. Please notify the clinic at the time of booking for your child. Please vist (LINK on website)
- Why do you take payments upfront?
A deposit is taken at the time of booking your appointment. We try to be as flexible as we can to accommodate lateness, if however you do not cancel an appointment with 48 hours notice you will lose this deposit and maybe liable to pay the full fee, as the clinic still has running and staff costs. Failure to attend appointments will incur charges for the missed time.
- Are there any instructions to follow before my appointment?
Yes, please view our section- what to do before your first appointment- which outlines our advise in detail
- Is the treatment painful?
This is a common question. Although looking at the treatment in photos and videos may seem like a painful experience the process itself is surprisingly not as painful as it looks! Most describe the sensation as a 'prickly tickle'. The treatment relies on the suction or negative pressure to extract the toxins not on the incisions or scratches. In fact, the scratches are so superficial and fine that it is almost invisible to the naked eye. It is only after reapplying the cup and reapplying the suction that the toxins gradually drip out.