My Excruciating Experience with Cupping / hijama



I developed endometritis at a young age that brought me deliberating weeks -even months- of pain. Soon after my diagnosis, there were two back-to-back surgeries in a six-month period. My case progressed aggressively and before I knew I was informed that before 26 I might have to undergo a hysterectomy soon.

Due to my condition, I was told to be on strict medication and be under observation. The drugs had a very strong formula, so much so that it made my hair fall out dramatically. Certain medications even went as far as putting me on temporary menopause, with consistent nausea pangs from time to time. My condition put me in a very delicate situation. I was seeing an acupuncturist – someone who did hijama in Peshawar – to help me relieve my painful symptoms whereas I was also consulting with a fertilization specialist because I wanted to keep safe in vitro fertilization before it became too late.

The healing always has a few pressure points that it uses to help in recovering from the pain especially with chronic pain, such as in my case it was a pain do or die situation, and my pressure points proved to be quite helpful. Previously my certified acupuncturist would help me by working on certain pressure points. She would often say how the pressure points in my ears were connected to my ovaries, similarly how she also had something to say about working on my eyelids. Long and behold, one day she asked to try cupping. I have heard of the term but I was not sure whether cupping will be my cup of tea or not.

Hijama or commonly known as cupping is a holistic approach for treatment practiced in traditional cultures. Most people opt for cupping to find relief of long chronic muscular pain. In some traditions, there is a strong narrative of doing it for spiritual health as well. Despite the benefits and long enchantments of why most people opt for cupping, there are few things that most of us do not know about. Having no idea about why or what it seemed like, I gave hijama a shot to know what seemed like the best option for me at the time. I was as highlighted as I saw it would help me with my pain.

My acupuncturist pulled out some oils and equipment, and that made me really excited. I was expecting some kind of shooting massage, something someone in constant pain would love to have. After a few seconds of massage, I heard her say ‘Okay this might hurt’ and so did my journey with hijama began.

I felt her place a cup on my back and suddenly I felt all of my skin being sucked towards the mid of the cup. Well, the cupping did suck the breath out of me. The whole ordeal lasted for 5 minutes, but the intense feeling felt like a lifetime. It was not painful exactly, but it was the sudden shock that made it rather a bit different to me.

But here came the brownie points.

As soon as she pulled the cups off of me, the tension built in my back for months was completely gone. I didn’t even know I was in pain until I felt the relief of it. T was completely gone. After the therapy, my acupuncturist rubbed some oils on me again and asked me to stay away from the shower until the next morning.

My back felt amazing and I kept on that train for years to come. Over the next few years, I would often go to my acupuncturist in Mubarak medical center with regular appointments for my cupping therapy. While it did not completely heal me it did play a major role in helping me with healing my chronic condition. The treatment did help me manage my symptoms and make me feel proactive in my daily routine.

My cupping experience taught me that it is a great alternate for people who are experiencing uncomfortable pain. Anyone going through the following conditions should make sure that they experience cupping once in their lifetime. Some experiences look like;

–          Painful menstruation

–          Consistent stress

–          Anxiety

–          Common cold and cough

–          Migraines and headaches

–          Chronic body pain like mine

It also taught me that we need to find strength in all the approaches we are willing to take in order for us to feel better and that is something most of us are not really willing to do.



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