When I was called up by a friend offering me to be one of his ‘bekam’ (cupping treatment) experimental subjects, I had some doubts. He was quite new in this traditional medical practice so I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit hesitant.But the more I gave it a thought, the more excited I became about trying it. Thinking that it might be nothing more than doing a ‘blood donation’, I decided to give it a shot.
The second part of the practice was to stick a super-fine needle into those points. I’d like to call it the ‘pricking’ part. To do this one, some special devise is needed. It looks almost like a ball-pen, with the needle that looks like an acupuncture prick sticking out from its central tip. I assumed this part of the practice is to provide fine incisions for all the unwanted toxic blood to be discharged through from your body.
The next phase was the most crucial one – and of course, the most painful. It was like the second round of suctioning, where the vacuum pressure is intensified so that the unwanted toxic blood of your body would be further sucked out. It must have felt like the pinching given by a jealousy-driven wife to her husband when he was found philandering with another girl. It was so painful I could almost visualize my distortedly wincing face like the one that I usually have on when I’m inside the toilet.
I had to go through the same process having four more points done up for me – 2 at the back waist, 2 on my calves. But this time, I better-prepared in handling the pain.
Well, I’d say the effect was almost immediate. I came home feeling better and lighter. There was a little bit of dizziness but it was gone by the time I woke up the next morning. Errrr, one thing that I think is worth mentioning is that I felt quite sensitive to the air-conditioner and fans. I couldn’t stand the air-con and full-blast fans but again, it would only be lasting for a couple of days or so.
So, that was how my very first encounter with bekam treatment had turned out to be. Painful? Yes. Worthy? Yes. Yes. Wanna do it again soon? Yes. Yes. Yes. Soon.