Introduction into Hijama
The word ‘hijama’ means ‘drawing out’ in Arabic. In this non-surgical procedure, toxic blood is drawn out from the body. Certain hijama points on the body are addressed to do so.
On such selected points, blood is encouraged to accumulate and then sucked out by using a little vacuum system. The blood is made to accumulate on the surface of the skin where minute incisions are introduced on the skin; the blood comes out from the incisions and is collected in a cup from where it is removed.
Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into tissue causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
Benefits of Hijama Cupping Therapy
The following are scientifically proven benefits of this therapy:
- Eliminates any weaknesses in body.
- Cures fevers.
- Fights against dermatological diseases.
- Helps prevent liver diseases.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Treats gastrointestinal diseases.
- Heals rheumatic diseases organically.
- Helps the nervous system.
- Pain alleviation
- Detoxification purposes
- Maintaining the balance of physiology and homeostasis.
- Stimulates the body’s own innate healing mechanisms.
Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed
Hijama in Islam
When should one do Hijama Therapy?
It is recommended that Hijama be practised on the ‘odd’ days of the Lunar Calendar. Further to this, the specifically prescribed days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The optimum Sunnah days to perform Hijama Therapy are the 17th, 19th and 21st days of the Lunar Calendar providing these days coincide with Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised against practicing Hijama on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and very strongly advised against practicing Hijama on Wednesdays.
Hijama Sunnah Points
Highlighting the particular points where the Prophet himself got cupped, the following are regarded as the Sunnah Points:
- Between the Shoulders (KAHIL – Upper Back) – The area between the shoulders blades, most commonly in line with the inferior end of scapula is ideal for cupping therapy. This particular area is best for performing general Hijama as it is the area where toxins and impurities in the blood accumulate and stagnate.
- The Centre of Head (Yafookh) – It is commonly used to treat all mental, emotional disorders, but also useful for headaches, epilepsy, neurological and endocrine disorders.
- Above the Nape Cavity (Qamahduwah) – Cupping therapy at this point is a cure for 72 diseases some of which include diarrhea, constipation, backbone pain and stomachache. It improves the health of pancreas and enhances the overall efficiency of digestive system.
- Top of the Foot – This area is traditionally used to treat swelling, headaches, dizziness/ vertigo, abdominal pain, bloating & constipation. It can also be used to treat ADD/ADHD, mania, restlessness, palpitations and epilepsy.
Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger ( SAWS ) said, “Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory…”
Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawud (3858)
“Indeed, the best of remedies you have is hijama (cupping)”.
Saheeh Al Bukhari