Hijama is the traditional Arabic word for cupping. It is an ancient medical treatment which can be performed almost anywhere on the body, often at the site of an ache or pain in order to ease or alleviate it.
The location is first shaved, if necessary, to ensure a tight seal with the cup. The mouth of a cup (metal, glass and plastic cups are generally used, although traditionally horns were used) is placed on the skin at the site chosen for hijama. Then a tight seal is created. The traditional method is to burn a small piece of paper or cotton inside the vessel, so that the mouth of the cup clings to the skin. At Pure Remedy we use a modern suction pump and plastic disposable cups. The cup is left to cling to the skin for a few minutes, then it is lifted off and several very small incisions are made in the skin. The cup is then put back as it was before until the flow of blood subsides.
Hijama is considered a form of energy medicine because it unblocks any blockages which may be present in the meridians in the body. There are specific points on the body where the cups are applied for each ailment and your hijama therapist will discuss this with you and tailor a treatment plan for your needs.
Hijama has no major side effects aside from minimal discomfort due to the method of application of skin cuts to the patient. Other possible minor side effects that may occur is feeling of slight light headedness post therapy. Hijama encourages blood flow to the cupped region (hyperemia) and therefore the patient may feel warmer and hotter as a result of vasodilatation taking place and slight sweating may occur.
Please note hijama is contraindicated in following: Pregnant women, terminal cancer patients and patients with bone fractures or severe injuries.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
"Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure."
Saheeh Muslim (5706)
"Whoever performs cupping (hijama) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease."
Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud
Above are just some of the authentic narrations which show that hijama is from the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)