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Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza

Aeman Abo Shbeka, aged 41 (L), a resident of Rafah refugee camp in Gaza receives a Hijama operation, after suffering from severe headaches. Hijama is the name in Arab traditional medicine for wet cupping, where blood is drawn by vacuum from a small skin incision for therapeutic purposes.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Using the old methods, Dr. Anuor Shekh El-eid, burns a small piece of paper or cotton inside the vessel, so that the mouth of the cup clings to the skin.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Hijama, more commonly known as Bloodletting, is used to treat many serious diseases, such as Rheumatism, Cancer, infertility, Blood Pressure, Eczema, Hemophilia, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic U.T.I., Diabetic Mellitus.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
The Hijama operation, a sucking of the decayed blood from the human body, is generally performed by Muslims as it is a form of medicine specifically mentioned and encouraged by the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
It is believed that six optimal points on the body are all that is required to clean the entire cardiovascular system. The back of the head, two shoulders corresponding to the acupuncture heart position, the tail or small of the back, and the two inner ankles. Dr. Anuor Shekh El-eid is pictured here creating small incisions on the patients body before beginning the procedure.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
The cup is left to cling onto the skin for a few minutes, then it is lifted off and very small incisions are made in the skin where the blood is extracted.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Hijama is normally performed on the head, but can be performed anywhere on the body, often at the site of an ache or pain in order to ease or alleviate it.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid shows the decayed blood of Aeman Abo Shbeka. Doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid is one of several muslim doctors in the area who performs Hijama.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Although the horns were traditionally used in the practice of Hijama, today cups can be made from metal, glass or plastic. Machines are also commonly used during the procedure to attach the cups to the patients body.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
The cups continue to be placed on the skin until is it filled with the decayed blood.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
The muslim palestinian doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid using the Hujama or the Bloodletting operation, as he treats the sick man Aeman Abo Shbeka, aged 41,(not see).in Rafah refugee camp southern Gaza on July 26, 2009. Doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid one of several muslim doctors who perform the Hujama operation to treat many serious diseases, such as Rheumatism, Cancer, infertility, Blood Pressure, Eczema, Hemophilia, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic U.T.I., Diabetic Mellitus. The Hujama operation is a suck of the decayed blood from the human body.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Aeman Abo Shbeka, aged 41, who suffers from headaches having the Hujama or Bloodletting operation performed by the muslim palestinian doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid in Rafah refugee camp southern Gaza on July 26, 2009. Doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid one of several muslim doctors who perform the Hujama operation to treat many serious diseases, such as Rheumatism, Cancer, infertility, Blood Pressure, Eczema, Hemophilia, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic U.T.I., Diabetic Mellitus. The Hujama operation is a suck of the decayed blood from the human body.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
The muslim palestinian doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid shows the decayed blood using the Hujama or the Bloodletting operation, as he treats the sick man Aeman Abo Shbeka, aged 41.in Rafah refugee camp southern Gaza on July 26, 2009. Doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid one of several muslim doctors who perform the Hujama operation to treat many serious diseases, such as Rheumatism, Cancer, infertility, Blood Pressure, Eczema, Hemophilia, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic U.T.I., Diabetic Mellitus. The Hujama operation is a suck of the decayed blood from the human body.

Bloodletting operations practiced in Gaza
Aeman Abo Shbeka, aged 41, who suffers from headaches having the Hujama or Bloodletting operation performed by the muslim palestinian doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid in Rafah refugee camp southern Gaza on July 26, 2009. Doctor Anuor Shekh El-eid one of several muslim doctors who perform the Hujama operation to treat many serious diseases, such as Rheumatism, Cancer, infertility, Blood Pressure, Eczema, Hemophilia, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic U.T.I., Diabetic Mellitus. The Hujama operation is a suck of the decayed blood from the human body
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