Cupping. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Archives

Abu Dhabi: COVID-19 vaccine sceptics in Saudi Arabia, who were apparently forced to take the jab, have reportedly used cupping to rid the ‘evil’ from their body, local media reported.

Unscrupulous cupping specialists have taken advantage of the current situation by trolling vaccine sceptics, claiming the ability to remove it from the body immediately after inoculation.

They charge SR300 per person.

Cupping is an ancient healing therapy that some people use to ease pain. A provider places cups on your back, stomach, arms, legs or other parts of your body. Inside the cup, a vacuum or suction force pulls skin upward.

After some cupping centres refused to provide the treatment to vaccine recipients, 10 days after getting the jab, the unscrupulous specialists took to social media and offered home visits, publishing addresses for the sale of cupping tools, urging victims of folly to learn how cupping is done on the internet immediately after receiving the vaccine, so that it does not enter the body.

Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman Mahmoud, Professor of Preventive Medicine at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, said: “The claimants of mobile cupping wanted to open markets, after the spectics, who harboured incorrect doubts about the harm of the COVID-19 vaccine, resorted to them out of their belief in their unfounded allegations. These unscrupulous businesses use one of the many dummy treatments to make it a means of profit and illicit gain.”

Cupping does not take out vaccines

Mahmoud stressed cupping does not remove the vaccine from the body. Once taken, it spreads throughout the body to act as a stimulating message for immune cells to form antibodies.

Suction from cupping draws fluid into the treated area. This suction force expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under the skin. Your body treats the cupping area like an injury. It sends more blood to the area to stimulate the natural healing process. Some people theorize that cupping clears the pores and releases toxins.