Hijama is an “Arabic” word that means “drawing out, Vacuum.” Hijama is also known as cupping due to the use of cups to draw out impurities. Cupping therapy is an outmoded technique of healing.
Cupping therapy is performed by applying cups to the specific points of the body and to build pressure, whether than by heat or by suction.
Cupping therapy is also used for acne, blood pressure, anaemia, stroke, poor appetite, and also for infertility.
- Dry Cupping
- Wet Cupping
- Moving Cupping
- Fire cupping
Dry cupping is performed by applying the therapy cups to the upper surface of the skin using a pump to remove air by suction. This procedure draws blood and fluid out from any inflamed area to the surface of the skin. Cupping can not be performed on the places of wounds where the skin is opened. Dry cupping can be performed at any time. multiple cups can be applied at any one time. It is very important that the therapist is able to determine the cups whilst they are applied to the skin to avoid any blistering occurring. It allows blood to circulate easily.
Wet Cupping is performed by making small scratches to the surface of the skin with a sterile blade.
It is advised to perform hijama on an empty stomach, it is advised not to eat for a minimum of 2-3 hours before treatment. Things you should avoid before and after treatment are given below. Do not re-use the cups it’s better to dispose of.
Moving cupping is performed by using a good amount of oil such as Olive oil, black seed oil, etc applied to the place of the massage. Cup is placed on the surface of the skin with light tension and can be moved over the skin with the flow.
Moving cupping can be performed at any time. It’s not necessary to have an empty stomach for moving cupping.
Fire cupping is the therapy in which the therapist puts a flammable object inside the cups. The therapist allows the fire to go out before putting it on the skin. Therapy cups remain on your body about 3 to 4 minutes, This helps in your blood circulation, to get rid of the pain, and remove toxins from the body.
Precautions Before Hijama therapy
Make sure you visit an authentic hijama center or a hijama expert.
- Before you perform Hijama, consult with your doctor.
- When you are having Hijama, you must tell your therapist about your medication, if you have any.
- You need to perform “Ghusl” or shower.
“Abdullah bin Az-Zubair reported that Aisha (ra) told him that the Prophet (PBUH) used to perform ghusl for four things: Major ritual impurity, Jumu’ah (Friday) prayer, After washing the dead and before Cupping”. (Abu Dawud)
- Drink plenty of water.
- Make sure clothes are comfortable.( Might be you roll up your clothes)
- You have to check your body temperature.
Precautions After Hijama therapy
- Don’t scrub or scratch the place where you have performed Hijama.
- Don’t eat before 2 or 3 hours of Hijama.
- Don’t apply any cream or oil before performing it.
- Don’t smoke for 2 -3 hours before Hijama. If you smoke.
- Don’t panic, marks of wounds will go slow day by day.
- Oil around the places where you have performed Hijama.
- Don’t Shower on wounds.
- Avoid having sexual activities.
- Stay active for 2- 3 hours after Hijama.
- Don’t fret, people feel sleepy after Hijama. There is nothing to worry about drink plenty of water and sleep well and wake up fresh.
- Walk for 20-30 minutes after having Hijama for blood circulation.
- Don’t do exercise.
- Help reduce pain.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Helps in relaxation.
- Safe and in-expensive.
- Restoration of Body organs.
- Improves the immune system and helps in the healing process.
- Used to treat
- Helps to recover from Blood disorder and deficiency.
- Helps to get rid of Acne.
- Maintain blood pressure.
- Helps in Anxiety and depression.
- Children under the age of 10
- Adults above the age of 70
- A person who is using blood Anti-Clotting medication like Aspirin, Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Eliquis), Heparin (various), Warfarin (Coumadin) etc.
- Women who are pregnant & women who do Breastfeeding.
- A person recovering from surgery.
- A person suffering from a deficiency of red blood cells.
- A person who had Cancer, Diabetes, Heart attacks and Asthma attacks.
Cupping therapy is safe, but you could have these side effects
- Mild discomfort
- Skin infection
If cups and equipment are contaminated with blood and not properly sterilized among patients, blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and c, can be spread.
- The Patient Should be carefully counseled about the procedure and the cause or treatment of the condition.
- Accept consent if necessary.
- Make yourself clean or do hygiene.
- Use a new sterile needle or blade and cups for wet cupping.
- Check for the body temperature.
Before performing Hijama therapy, you should know what to do and what not to do. We have mentioned some of the details above that will be helpful to you.