What is Hijama?

What is Hijama

Hijama in Arabic is derived from the root ‘hajm’ which means ‘sucking’. Hijama (in English, known as ‘cupping’) is an ancient medical treatment and practiced by forming suctions on the surface of the skin over very small cuts allowing the removal of inflamed, harmful, toxic or stagnant blood. It is called cupping as the process involves applying small cups to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum. This vacuum then gently draws the blood out from the areas that have been pricked or scratched.

Hijama – How it works and what are the Benefits

In simple terms – think of Hijama therapy as an oil change for your body – it detoxifies the body and rids it of the old, heavy, dirty blood where it has gathered and is impacting the efficiency and productivity of the body. This therapy works with the body’s condition and balances it. One may be feeling sluggish, or suffering from pain; either way Hijama is an effective treatment. As the bad blood is discarded, your body to maintain itself produces fresh blood to replace this and thus your service is complete! The effect is the body feels fresh, revitalized and at optimum health.

Other benefits of Hijama which have been reported are that it:

  • stimulates and strengthens the immune system;
  • enhances blood circulation;
  • stimulates tissues and internal organs;
  • improves physical and mental health conditions;
  • enhances general health of body;
  • relieves chronic pain, migraines and ailments;
  • reduces stress and depression by releasing chemicals in the brain;
  • allows tissues to release toxins by eliminating them through the surface of the skin;
  • brings blood and warmth to an affected organ and therefore promotes healing;
  • reduces unwanted side effects of drugs, removes their residue and reduces the risk of drug toxicity; and
  • strengthens the power of digestion and absorption of nourishment and the power of secretion…
  • and from my own experience… a great night’s sleep!

The Procedure

There are the following three types of cupping.

Dry cupping: This is the process of using a vacuum on different areas of the body in order to gather the blood in that area without incisions (small, light scratches using a sterile surgical blade or).

Dry massage cupping: This is similar to dry cupping but olive oil is applied to the skin (before applying the cups) in order to allow easy movement of the cups. In ailments due to the blood being unable to reach certain parts of the body. Dry cupping and dry massaging cupping allow the blood to reach these places.

Although dry and massage cupping are very beneficial, they are not from the Sunnah. However, they fall under the general hadeeth: The Messenger said, “For every disease there is a cure so if the medicine comes upon the disease it cures it by the will of Allah, the Most High.” [Saheeh Muslim (2204)].

Wet cupping (hijama): This is the process of using a vacuum at different points on the body but with small incisions in order to remove ‘harmful’ blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin. (It is only administered by a cupping therapist).

  1. Cups are placed on different points on the body that correspond to different ailments and vacuum is applied.
  2. Harmful superficial blood is pulled near the skin.
  3. Cups are removed and small incisions are made in the area where blood was pulled near the skin.
  4. Cups are reattached and vacuum is reapplied allowing the harmful blood to seep out.
  5. Cups are removed and blood cleaned.
  6. If done correctly, the marks from the treatment take a few hours to a couple of days to completely heal.

Sunnah Days

The Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah upon Him) recommended getting Hijama Every 17th, 19th and 21st of Islamic Calendar (if not on a Wednesday). These days are known as Sunnah days are provide the best benefits.

Forbidden Days

It is forbidden to get Hijama on Wednesdays. Therefore the clinic is closed on Wednesdays.