Hijama (Cupping Therapy)

Hijama Cupping Therapy

Hijama Cupping Therapy

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Definition of Hijama : is one of the methods of ancient alternative medicine, which uses cups on certain meridians in the body and then superficial striping is done to extract blood from these points.


Hijama as a treatment

History of Hijama

One of the oldest treatments used in human history and the first who practiced Hijama are the ancient Egyptians and there are drawings on walls of temples documented by the pharaohs as a type of treatment, then hijama was introduced to the ancient Chinese, followed by Indians, reaching Romans, then to the Greeks and finally reached Arabs .

Physiotherapist applying acupuncture therapy. She is placing cup on the back of a female patient.

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Methods and techniques of Hijama Cupping Therapy


Wet Cupping

In this technique cups are used on certain meridians on the body that is determined according to energy orbits, where each organ and each disease has certain points determined precisely, then blood is extracted and the amount of blood drawn varies according to the medical condition of each case.


Dry cupping

Cupping is mainly used on the sites of muscular pain without any incision or extracting of blood which is then left for 10 to 15 minutes.


Cupping massage

Natural oils are used in this technique to treat muscle and joint pain. Where the therapist moves the Cups in different directions to reduce muscle tension and joint pain.


Post-cupping instructions

  • It is preferable to refrain from eating fatty meals.
  • Prevent any physical or sexual exertion for 24 hours to give opportunities to the body in activating blood circulation to the places that were targeted in the cupping session.
  • Gentle bathing without body scrub for the next 24 hours until the recovery of cupping scars.

Dry cupping with fire

This type of cupping is based on placing cups on areas of the skin determined by the therapist. These areas in alternative medicine are called energy orbits. The cups are left for a period of time ranging from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the person's condition.


Pre-cupping precautions

Preferably cupping is best done in the mornings on an empty stomach. It is important that two or three hours from the session the client will be requested to refrain from eating fatty meals but not from liquids so they will not be dizzy and fatigue and keep the blood circulation working efficiently.

Types of Hijama Cupping Therapy

Hijama Cupping Therapy

Preventive Hijama

It is used by people who are healthy and do not suffer from many diseases to take the preventive benefit of cupping and maintain their general health for a longer period or reduce the attack and severity of some symptoms.

It is possible to conduct a monthly preventive session on the desirable days of cupping, which our Prophet referred to in the Hadith:

The Prophet(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him ) said: “the best thing that you invoke in it is the day of Seventeen, the day of nineteen, and the day of twenty-one .”

Hijama Cupping Therapy

Therapeutic cupping

is used as a complementary treatment along with modern medicine, where it improves the state of health for many diseases and alleviates symptoms and relieves pain.

Hijama Cupping Therapy

Sports cupping

Cupping is a physical stimulant that helps in rehabilitation, improves the efficiency of blood vessels, heart and other organs of the body, and gives a great physical energy to withstand physical exercises.

Some health problems that cupping may contribute to improve in its health (but not limited to) :

  • Neck, shoulder, and lower back pain.
  • Various muscle spasms.
  • laziness problems and fatigue
  • Chronic headache and migraine.
  • Problems of the reproductive system of men and women.
  • Inflammatory and enlarged prostate.
  • Problems and delay of childbearing.
  • Hormonal problems and disturbances among women.
  • Disc and sciatica pain.
  • Respiratory problems from chronic allergies and asthma.
  • Nervous system weakness and problems.
  • Fifth and seventh nerve inflammation.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Gout disease.
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