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In Pakistan where quacks and spiritual healers claiming miraculous cures abound, the alternate healthcare sector has remained under a dark cloud. However, the last two years have witnessed an increase in professionals trained to administer alternative medicinal therapies.
Here are three alternative treatments that gained traction in Pakistan in 2014:
1. Hijama. Popularly known as ‘cupping therapy’, Hijama has roots in Islamic medicine and is believed to be helpful in treating chronic pain. The treatment involves placing suction cups on specific joints to create a vacuum that helps separate the epidermal skin from the tissues underneath. The cups are then removed and small incisions are made on the skin, after which the cups are replaced to draw out the clotted (impure) blood. To avoid risks of contracting blood-borne infections, opt for registered Hijama practitioners who use sterilised equipment. Continue reading