Cupping Therapy and Hijama

  Intervew with Dr Ahmed Helmy, a leading hijama and cupping therapist - Egypt

1-      Please give us a detailed introduction about yourself, location, education, professional membership, current position and how, where and why you learned cupping therapy?

Dr. Ahmed Helmy Saleh, PhD. Specialist of sports injuries and rehabilitation and  Location:Egypt, Gharbi , Basuon. 


Master degree in Sports Health, Doctorate in Injury & Rehabilitation.
 professional membership, current position and how, where and why you learned cupping therapy?

 About Al Hijama (Cupping Therapy) I see in my childhood my father have this treatment, many years later, I hear about cupping  in faculty which I learn Cupping on it, I love it very much for it's curative effect, specially for it's fantastic curative in sports injury .

·        my work in the sports medicine field give me supportive and enrich my experience in Cupping Therapy and its relationship with sport injury  ,I write  about cupping therapy and  how to use it to affect in the case of sports injuries, and many more.


2-      Please, give us some details about any published clinical trial, paper, article, book of you?

About published, clinical trial, paper, article, or book :

 ·        * I have big book in Cupping (Whole in cupping therapy الجامع في علم العلاج بالحجامة) a comprehensive book for the science of Cupping Therapy include the foundations of Cupping Therapy and sports in year 2006/2007. (in Arabic)

·        I talks about cupping therapy and Sports medicine :

cupping physiology of Healing and treatment in Sports injuries.

Sports Cupping Therapy (Al Hijamah) and its role in first aid, and how to apply.

Sports Cupping Therapy (Al Hijamah) and its role in healing(speed recovery).  
* Sports Cupping Therapy (Al Hijamah) and its role as an activator in the field of sports.

Applications in sports cupping (cupping massage to deal with injuries).

 ·        Another text book in back pain & alternative medicine, 2009. (in Arabic)

·        Book in Rehabilitation principles and foundations electronic publishing, 2010.

·        Book in (Pray & Health) 2012. with Prof.Dr: Amir Saleh,PhD,P.T

·        The first sports blog (Sports Cupping) concerned with the knowledge of Cupping therapy and its applications in the field of sports as a treatment for sports injuries and as a booster for physical performance,it also speeds up the restoration of healing,and the efficiency of rehabilitation, .

·        Paper in Physiological pray in the discourage of obscenity and evil. (in Arabic)  

·         A theory in blood cupping nature & It's relation ship curative predict.

·        Master degree in :   The Rehabilitation Program of Exercises and its effect on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without Surgery.

Ahmed Helmy Saleh.

Faculty of physical Education Sports Science Dept. of Sports Health, Tanta University, 2009.

 We investigated The rehabilitation program of exercises and its effect on carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery, This research aims to identify the impact of rehabilitation program (exercises + cupping massage) for people infected with carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery in the nerve conduction variables, and dynamic range, the strength of grip, and the researcher used the experimental method on a sample of men and women of (10) with an average age of 28 years, and the results of the existence of statistically significant differences for the benefit of the rehabilitation program (exercises + cupping massage) in the qualifying telemetric an improvement in the variables under consideration.

3-      Give us a detailed description about the cupping therapy type you use, how to do this type, for what conditions, number of treatment prescribed and how many treatments considered a prescribed course of cupping therapy?
Cupping Therapy Type

We use wet cupping, dry cupping, massage cupping, water cupping, ice cupping, include conditions of sports injury, nerve entrapment, as tunnel syndrome, stomach, … etc,  number of treatment about 1 to 4 treatment.

 4-      Give the new cupping therapists the key of success and the tips you gained from your practice?

Key success

To have a nice work in cupping and success you must understand the patient nature and the case, next you must understand the efficacy of treatment point, if you do that you can do perfect cupping.

You must see every patient as individual case, so you can choose the best way to do your treatment.

5-      Please, describe in details the best and the difficult case that you treated by cupping therapy?

The best and the difficult case

The best :

There are many case but on of the best about carpal tunnel syndrome, have 7 year with this syndrome, she have muscle atrophy in the arm difference 3 cm between other arm , can not touch any thing, she have many treatment include cupping therapy, but without nay progress, we use individual way in cupping with her syndrome plus exercises, after three treatment she can pear his bag, can check hand with others, three month later she can left a dining table with the other, she completely deferent.

The difficult:

Some patient came to have treatment after many year, when the case more worse, you can try to help, but they must have surgery or other. 

 6-      Describe the most noted side effect of cupping therapy and how you deal with it?
Side effect of cupping therapy

If you do Cupping in the right way it's ok, but some time you may see dizziness or fainting, not stop bleeding, skin sensitivity .

You can deal dizziness & fainting in put the patient in lying down position, bleeding stop in a short time, just put a bandage, skin sensitivity, you should pay attention to the extent of the treatment  time , as well as the amount of blood extracted, in order to avoid these side effects.

7-      How you see the future of cupping ?
Future  of Cupping

ý At the level of practical performance, actions will not differ much, but may be different tools.

ý May be entered multiple diagnostic devices for the post before and during the treatment session, Such as some devices that show the flow of blood through the blood vessels of the skin.

ý The use of technical tools in the accurate identification of treatment areas.

ý Using the properties of blood extracted in the cupping, in compared to determine the correct therapeutic ratio materials.

ý Can establish scientific departments in universities or research centers, specialized in studying the cupping.

 8-      In your opinion, what is the theory behind the cupping therapy effect?
The theory behind Cupping therapy effect.

          You can see the disruption of blood circulation in four forms, I : increase blood circulation, II : congestion of blood circulation,
III : Denial of feeding vessels, IV : the different chemical content of blood topically, these are the main causes associated with the majority of health problems, so we do cupping , which leads to the balance resulting from these causes.

 9-      Your recommendation to enhance the practice?
recommendation to enhance the practice.

ý You must use modern technology in the organization of treatment.

ý Accurate assessment of the patient's condition.
Determine the treatment plan by the health status of the patient.

ý Dividing the number of sessions needed by the patient.

ý Continuously recording the method of dealing with the patient, and the changes that occur in its pathogenesis.

ý Provide advice to the patient for other therapeutic means that can be used with cupping to improve his condition

10-   How people can contact you?

For Contact:

00201287727167    -  00201142990212

Egypt – Gharby -  Basuon