Hijama (Arabic: حجامة meaning: “sucking”) is the Arabic term for wet cupping, where blood is drawn by vacuum from a small skin incision for therapeutic purposes.
The act of performing Hijama is a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad صل الله عليه و سلم and it is extensively reported in a wide collection of authentic ahadith. Its practice is strongly recommended and emphasized in a number of narrations. The practice of Hijama forms an integral part of Islamic Prophetic Medicine. Hijama was a common practice of the Prophet Muhammad صل الله عليه و سلم and his companions for the treatment of a range of ailments as well as a form of body maintenance and health promotion.
Cupping Therapy vs. Hijama Cupping Therapy
Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. Cupping therapy is the name of the actual procedure itself. A vacuum is created in a cup and placed on the body. This vacuum causes a negative pressure and pulls the muscles into the cup and therefore, draws the blood to the cupped area. This is known as “dry cupping”. Then you remove the cup in order to make small, shallow incisions in that same area, before putting the cup back on. This pulls out the toxic blood, acids and excess fluids from the body. This is known as “Wet Cupping or Blood Cupping.”
But what differentiates Hijama is the religious and spiritual aspect of the practice. “Hijama” is the Islamic version of cupping therapy. Muslims practice Hijama cupping therapy, in accordance with the way of the Prophet ﷺ. It means that the patient and Hijama Practitioner should have done their ablutions (wudu) and should recite Quran during the Hijama procedure.
Al-Hijama in Arabic literally means “to suck” and to “return to a normal state” of internal balance. It ultimately helps the body to create a balance, healthy alkaline environment by removing acidity. This fixes any problem that the body has, by bringing it to its normal state. Hijama Cupping therapy is a holistic, super powerful detox which removes toxic and stagnant blood from your body. It expels negative, unhealthy elements from the body, and allows it to replenish itself.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The best treatment is Hijama cupping; it removes blood, lightens the back and sharpens the eyesight.” (At-Tirmidhi, 3053)
So basically Hijama would do the following:
- Boosts the circulatory and immune systems
- Cleanses and detoxifies the body
- Treats any illness and relaxes the patient (except broken bones)
- Pain relief of any sort
- Fertility ( in both genders)
- Hijama is also useful for treating many muscular, skeletal, neurological, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary issues.
If I’ve to name diseases, the following are all that can be treated by Hijama:
- Rheumatic Pain
- Hair Loss
- Skin Problems
- Fertility Problems
- Stomach Problems
- Period Pain
- Emotional Problems
- Common cold and flu
- Weight and more
Hijama also activates the function of the organ; can be used to treat liver and kidney disorders as well.