Study on Effect of Wet Cupping (Hijama) on Blood Lipid Profile in Human at Aldyssah-Alshati, Libya
Cardiovascular illnesses are major health complications, and they are accompanied with mortality and morbidity.
World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that cardiovascular diseases are accountable for 30% of all deaths, which is
corresponding to the combined death rates related to several other medical illnesses. Wet cupping (Hijama), is a common
activity, comprises creating a vacuum over certain areas on the skin, which in turn, generates a small visible hematoma. The
wet cupping uses laceration of the skin so that blood is extracted from dermal microcirculation. This study was aimed to
evaluate the impact of Hijama on blood lipid profile in hyperlipidaemias human. It was conducted on 32 volunteers, from
which 9 volunteers were males and 23 were females, their ages range was from 22 to 77 years, performed at Aldyssa-Alshati
Town. Two samples were taken from each volunteer, the first one was taken before cupping and the second sample was
taken, one week later after cupping. Serum was used for determination of the levels of lipid profile, (Total cholesterol (T.
Cho), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoproteins (HDL) and low density lipoproteins (LDL)). The results have shown a
significant decrease in both the levels of serum T. Cho and TG, but no significant decrease in the levels of HDL and LDL, in
hyperlipidaemias male and female volunteers after cupping. In conclusion, Hijama, have an impact on decreasing the levels
of serum, T. Cho and TG, and for that Hijama (cupping) might be cardio-protective, and also wet cupping could represent a
prospective complementary therapy for the hyperlipidaemic patient.
Keywords - Cupping, Lipid Profile, Cardiovascular Diseases, Hijama, Hyperlipidaemia