bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, July 26, 2004

Apitherapy and cupping

Professor Centre for Apitherapy and Cupping — well, according to the Khaleej Times Online that's the name of a new centre in Abu Dhabi. Apparently, it's the first apitherapy centre in the United Arab Emirates.

There's a claim that apitherapy derives from Islamic teachings:
“The companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have inculcated the common sense of curing and treatment of various ailments using doses of bee honey as excellent remedy for diseases,” said Dr Sarraj, who spent 23 years teaching zoology, general entomology and crop protection at the Department of Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
But what about this cupping business?:
cupping (Hijama) or sucking of the blood (purgation) that is believed to be decomposed for the body and is the main cause of ailments. Cupping ... is common at physiotherapy departments at some hospitals in the country.


Blogger Cat said...

I've read about clinics in Mexico not able to afford antibiotics, use honey to treat bedsores and infected wounds with great success. Next time I'm able to visit the library, and able to find the book, I'll note its title and author.

2:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cupping is this odd oriental medicine technique that Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently into. Nothing to do with bees. You really need to keep up on your celebrity gossip!

2:14 pm  

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