For Wet Cupping, small scratches are made to the surface of the skin with a sterile blade after dry cupping has been performed for 3-5 minutes. The cup is then re-applied to the skin using suction and the pressure difference extracts the blood that has accumulated.
When properly performed by a trained cupping therapist, cupping leaves no marks or scarring.
Hijama is best performed on an empty stomach and so it is advised that you do not eat for a minimum of 2-3 hours before treatment. After treatment, strenuous physical excercise should be restricted for 24 hours. This includes swimming, cycling, running etc. Normal activities should not be affected. You should also avoid showering for 24 hours.
If itching is experienced, oil, (preferably blackseed or olive), can be applied to the surface of the skin. This will aid the natual healing of the skin as well as relieve itchiness.
Plastic cups CANNOT be re-used and must be disposed of safely via a clinical waste disposal program.