Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has introduced the cupping therapy service to improve patients' health, speed up recovery process and ensure patients' safety.
PHCC said such a therapeutic program is implemented by a host of physicians trained in cupping technology after it is allocated based on the needs of each patient separately.
Regarding the method for accessing this therapeutic service, PHCC outlined that it can be obtained through a family physician who simply transfers the appropriate cases based on approved standards.
In addition, patients who are included in this program are primarily those diagnosed with chronic headaches due to unknown causes, refractory migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome without indication for surgical intervention, muscle imbalance and postural dysfunction, refractory muscle spasms, neck and upper or lower back pain, chronic diseases such as eczema and asthma and skin diseases like acne.
Cupping therapy was launched last February as a pilot phase at Umm Slal Health Center to be eventually expanded in some health centres during the upcoming period, PHCC outlined, pointing out that such a step is intended to achieve its vision of providing a comprehensive and integrated health service by focusing on individuals, in addition to working steadfastly to meet all patients needs based on the highest global standards.
It noted that cupping therapy is alternative medicine and one form of traditional medicine that has been practised since ancient times, and it is being used in several parts of the world, including China and the Middle East, to promote health, prevention and treatment, as well as being a tranquillizer for chronic pain through using wet cupping.
The corporation pointed out that cure through cupping is consistent with Islamic Sharia law, and it was mentioned in many Islamic prophetic Hadiths, in addition to other advantages that include improvement of blood flow and reduction of toxic buildup in the human body, heading off pain and headache, strengthening the nervous system and increasing the scope of movement and flexibility.
PHCC indicated that cupping therapy leaves interim traces on the skin, along with side effects associated with bruises and skin itching, and patients eventually recover and return to normal condition during 7 to 10 days, followed by persistent skin colour change.
Cupping therapy is a safe procedure, but it is not suitable for all people, PHCC said, explaining that pregnant women and patients with acute hepatitis, tuberculosis, heart disease, arrhythmia, pacemaker implantation, blood clotting diseases such as hereditary haemorrhagic disease, use of anticoagulants, severe anaemia, and kidney failure are not allowed to use this kind of therapy.
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