Following Are The Different Materials Of Cups:
- Horn / suction cups
- Glass / fire glass cups
- Plastic / hijama cups
- Bamboo / wooden cups
- Silicone / facial cups
- Nabhi pump
Horn / suction cups
In hijama, a horn suction cup is a type of cup that is made from an animal horn. The horn is hollowed out and then shaped into a cup. These type of cups are considered to be more traditional and are used by practitioners of hijama therapy.
Horn suction cups are said to be more beneficial for certain conditions and are believed to be more effective than plastic or glass cups. The horn suction cups are more durable and last longer, and also considered to be more hygienic, but it’s not been proved scientifically.
It’s important to note that cupping therapy should only be performed by a qualified practitioner, and that there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of hijama.
Glass / fire glass cups
In hijama therapy, glass or fire cupping is a technique where a glass cup is heated and then placed on the skin. The heat causes the air inside the cup to expand, which creates a vacuum when the cup is placed on the skin. This suction causes the skin and underlying tissue to be pulled up into the cup.
Glass cups are the most common type of cups used in hijama therapy. They are easy to sterilize and can be heated quickly. Fire cupping is considered to be more traditional and is used by practitioners of hijama therapy.
Plastic / hijama cups
In hijama therapy, plastic cups are also commonly used. These cups are made from a variety of materials including PVC and silicone. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to find, which makes them a popular choice among practitioners.
Plastic cups are typically used with a manual suction pump or a mechanical suction device to create the vacuum. They are also easy to clean and sterilize, which makes them a hygienic option. They are also less fragile than glass cups, thus less likely to cause injury if they break.
Bamboo / wooden cups
In hijama therapy, bamboo or wooden cups are less commonly used than glass, plastic or horn cups. These cups are made from natural materials, such as bamboo or wood, and are considered to be more traditional.
Bamboo cups are made by hollowing out a piece of bamboo and then shaping it into a cup. Wooden cups are typically carved from a solid piece of wood and then sanded to a smooth finish. Both bamboo and wooden cups are lightweight and relatively inexpensive to make.
Bamboo and wooden cups are typically used with a manual suction pump to create the vacuum. Because of the porous nature of wood, these cups are not as easy to clean and sterilize as plastic or glass cups, which makes them less hygienic option.
Silicone / facial cups
Silicone cups are becoming more popular in hijama therapy, especially in facial cupping treatment. They are made of flexible, durable, and medical-grade silicone, which makes them comfortable to use, easy to clean, and hygienic.
Silicone cups are typically used with a manual suction pump or a mechanical suction device to create the vacuum. They come in different sizes and shapes, which allows practitioners to customize the treatment to the needs of the patient. They are also gentle on the skin and are less likely to cause injury or bruising compared to other types of cups.
Silicone facial cups are designed to be used on delicate skin, and can be used to target specific areas such as the cheeks, jawline, and forehead, to improve blood circulation and reduce wrinkles, acne, and puffiness.
The Nabhi pump is a mechanical suction device used in hijama therapy to create the vacuum inside the cups. It is a hand-held device that is operated by a trigger or button, and can be used with glass, plastic, or silicone cups.
The Nabhi pump is designed to make the cupping process more efficient and precise, allowing practitioners to control the amount of suction and pressure applied to the skin. It can also be used for “moving” cupping where the practitioner can move the cup along the skin while maintaining the suction.
The Nabhi pump is considered to be more efficient than manual suction pumps, because it can create a stronger and more consistent vacuum, which can provide deeper tissue massage and increased blood flow. It also allows practitioners to quickly change the cups and move them to different areas of the body during the treatment.