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Living Well with Hijamah
Hijamah (a well-known alternative/complimentary treatment) has been used for centuries to treat various human diseases. It is considered that this traditional treatment (also known as wet cupping) has the potential to treat many kinds of diseases. It is performed by creating a vacuum on the skin by using a cup to collect the stagnant blood […]

Hijamah (a well-known alternative/complimentary treatment) has been used for centuries to treat various human diseases. It is considered that this traditional treatment (also known as wet cupping) has the potential to treat many kinds of diseases. It is performed by creating a vacuum on the skin by using a cup to collect the stagnant blood in that particular area. The vacuum at the end is released by removing the cup. Superficial skin scarification is then made to draw the blood stagnation out of the body. This technique needs to be performed in aseptic conditions by a well trained Hijamah-physician. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had described Hijamah as the best treatment humans can have. This novel treatment methodology has been successfully used as cure for numerous diseases including skin diseases. With Hijamah, disease can not only be controlled but can be brought to a nearly complete remission

History of Hijamah

Cupping was widespread throughout the whole of Europe (including the UK), Asia and more so in the Islamic societies where this ancient prophetic practice was and still is an acceptable practice used as a remedy and supported by religious beliefs.

The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks as well as the Chinese used this therapy. An indication of the long history of cupping is evident as the, Ebers Papyrus, recognised as the oldest medical textbook written in approximately 1550 BCE in Egypt mentions the art of cupping (Curtis, 2005).

It’s worth mentioning that in mainly rural Bangladesh a similar practice by the name of ‘Shinga’ has been practised by particular individuals. Many Muslims in Bangladesh seem to associate it with witchcraft and other possibly unislamic practises, which discourages many Muslims from having the therapy done. It must be highlighted that this does not detract from the fact that if done correctly and by the right practitioner in the right context, it is an effective method of healing and after all an authentic Sunnah of the prophet (SAW).

In the West, cupping remained an important part of medicine and therapy, both- conventional / alternative, and folk-based, until the early 20th century.  The surgeon Charles Kennedy wrote, in 1826:

“The art of cupping has been so well-known, and the benefits arising from it so long experienced, that it is quite unnecessary to bring forward testimonials in favour of what has received not only the approbation of modern times, but also the sanction of remotest antiquity.”

Today Cupping therapy is enjoying resurgence in popularity as more and more people learn about it and experience its healing power for themselves. This therapy is drawing interest from celebrities like Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow who had cupping done. As a result and on 9th July 2005 this therapy enjoyed a worldwide coverage by all types of media fuelling discussions on the subject and in fact participating greatly in its resurgence!

Today there are a multitude of centres around the world offering dry/wet cupping therapy, spanning from Malaysia, Middle East, Turkey and an upsurge of companies and practitioners offering the therapy in the United kingdom.

The human race has been looking for ways to cure diseases at every stage of its existence. Be it Aztecs, Roman, Greek, Persian or Egyptian civilizations – the thirst for finding antidote has always been there. However, not all remedies had the potential to survive the different periods in time and continue on to the 21st Century.

Hijama, on the other hand, is one of the few procedures which has survived over time and is still very much present in this time of modern medicinal practices.

This treatment of cupping dates back to ancient Egyptian civilization around 5000 years ago. Not only that, Hijama (cupping) roots back to the life of prophet (saws) and his companions as well, making it a part of a sunnah.

Hijamah Therapy/Application

Hijamah (wet cupping), is an effective treatment for many diseases. Its efficacy to treat the non specific lower back pain has already been established. It was proven as a safe and better alternative therapy to the usual allopathic medical care. Some studies have found the effectiveness of wet cupping combined with drug treatment superior to the medical treatment alone. Beside this, wet cupping therapy has also got the immune-modulatory effects. Its ability to modulate the immune system has well been established. It was thus postulated that this aspect of Hijamah therapy can be used to treat other immune related diseases as well.  It help release pathogens, toxins and the ‘excess’, rendering this therapy the best and fastest detox known to man! It is also a very effective therapy in promoting blood circulation, boosting immunity, rebalancing body hormones and energy, making it the best therapy for general health and well-being for those individuals who wish to have Hijama performed as a preventive measure but also as a treatment and cure for tens of ailments from body aches and pains including sports injuries all the way to cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, headaches and migraines, asthma, anaemia, menstrual problems and infertility, sexual problems, skin conditions, psychological disorders including stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia…etc. Hijama is noticeably effective for the treatment of metaphysical and spiritual conditions such as Evil Eye, Black Magic and Jinn possession or for those conditions that medical practice cannot account for.

Hijama Therapy is a safe procedure if performed correctly, and unlike drugs and pharmaceutical medications, Hijama has no side effects and does not inject substances in the body or prescribe internalising anything. It in fact releases toxic build-up out of the system as opposed to increasing chemical and toxic accumulation.

Case Studies:

Mr. Muhammad H. (MH) is a 30 year old male working and living in Australia. He works as Incident Management Analyst and also does the mechanical work on his car by himself as a hobby. Three years ago, when he was helping to unload a car engine from a truck, his right front leg scratched (a size less than 5 cent coin), however, he was not worried at-all at that time. After few weeks, he noticed that few bubble appeared on the affected leg, which burst out and left a mark with slight itching. He went to the doctor and was prescribed steroid cream. He started using the cream and the spots disappeared gradually. But this was not the end of story. Spots/lesions kept appearing and he kept using the cream, which not only cost him high but also resulted in skin thinning followed by easy bruising even with minimum shear. This made him really worried. Few days later, the lesions spread to the other leg, arm, back and the head. He visited the doctor and was again prescribed the high potency steroid combination cream namely Daivobet. This combination is used to treat psoriasis. The results were same as before i.e. as long as the cream was being used, the lesion would go away but as soon as the cream was stopped the problem would come back. He noticed that even during the regular use of cream, the incidence of appearing of the new lesion was unaffected, i.e. the steroid cream was not effective in preventing the new lesions. The situation was annoying and he finally was referred to the skin specialist for further review. The specialist ordered the biopsy of the lesion and kept him on steroid cream. The biopsy report came after few weeks and it failed to find any abnormality. This made him even more worried realizing that he is suffering from such a bad and progressive skin condition and doctors failed to establish any definite diagnosis. The plight was that according to doctors, there is no cure for the disease and the condition could only be managed rather slowed by the continuous use of steroid 6cream or other drugs. Moreover there is no option to avoid the side effects of medical therapy. Further, the cost of the cream was high i.e. 42.10 Australian dollars per four tube. Moreover this medicine is available through a complex prescribing proced. Later on, the patient visited his home country and consulted a skin specialist, who confirmed the disease as psoriasis and advises him some other alternative drugs other than steroids. But the problem was same: no complete remission and non tolerable side effects. Finally he contacted the qualified Hijamah therapist and was given advice not to worry about it, as the Hijamah is an effective therapy for many diseases including psoriasis, by the will of Allah

Mr. MH was counseled and was given advice to seek help of ALLAH (the Creator) and the Hijamah therapy was started. At this point the severity of the disease was examined using the online tools like PASI (psoriasis area severity index) and it was found to be 2. The wet cupping sessions (using the sterile plastic cups to create a negative pressure on the skin and then performing the superficial skin incision to draw the stagnant blood) were designed to be performed once a week on the basis of diagnosis of the disease as psoriasis. He was advised to have minimum seven sessions to completely get rid of the disease. Hijamah was started and two days after the first session, lesions started to disappeared and reduced both in size and number. The patient continued for further two sessions and more than 90% of disease had gone. However, the patient could not continue further sessions despite his willingness due to his extreme business. It has been six months after the last session and all his lesions disappeared completely, and no itching is felt anywhere on the skin. The patient has not used any other type of therapy after that. Also no new lesion appeared anywhere except for some lesions at below his elbow after 6 months. One possible reason for appearance of new lesions could be the incomplete treatment as the patient received only three sessions instead of initially advised schedule of seven sessions.

Hijamah has been used for centuries to treat human diseases. It is considered that this traditional treatment (also known as wet cupping) has the potential to treat many kinds of diseases. Its role in this regard has been greatly emphasized by our prophet Muhammad (PHUH), not only verbally but practically as well. This case study puts some light on the effectiveness of Hijamah to treat psoriasis.

To assess the effectiveness of wet cupping (Hijama) as a treatment of female factor infertility. The primary outcome measured was pregnancy rates after Hijama. The secondary outcome measured was the effect on the reproductive hormonal profile before and after Hijama. Methods: A pilot clinical study was conducted for the use of Hijama as treatment for female infertility at King Abdulaziz University Hospital from September 2013 to May 2015. Inclusion criteria included: patients with female factor infertility between 20-50 years of age. Exclusion criteria were women who were menopausal, male factor infertility and pregnancy. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. Upon inclusion in the study, an interview with the participant was done. Blood tests were done at the initial visit which included a complete blood count and hormonal profile (FSH, LH, Estradiol, Progesterone, TSH) if not done already. Patients had repeated Hijama each month if pregnancy did not occur. Results: Out of 59 women, 31 (52.5%) had primary infertility and 28 (47.5%) had secondary infertility. The duration of infertility ranged from 1 to 22 years. In 40 women (67.8%), the partner had a normal semen analysis and 19 (32.2%) had oligospermia. 12 women had an abnormal hystosalpngiogram (20.3%) with two women with complete bilateral tubal blockage. 36 women (61%) had a normal hormonal profile (FSH, LH, TSH, Prolactin). 12 patients (20.3%) became pregnant after hijama; 7 patients had only one or two sessions of Hijama and one patient had 7 sessions. Factors that were        infertility diagnosis and history of OCP use. There were significant changes of the hormonal profile before and after Hijama. Conclusions: Hijama might be beneficial in infertile women to achieve a pregnancy. Further studies are needed to confirm the findings from this study.

Hijamah Kits

This is the instrument used to carryout hijamah/cupping on people. It include suction cups and pump.  The cups are used to apply pressure with the help of the pump and as well used as collector of the toxic blood.

How is Hijamah done ?

Before hijamah can be carried out on any patient, a proper diagnosis must be made.  Hijamah cannot be performed on patient with these conditions; excessive perspiration, hemophilia, on anti-coagulant drugs, aneamia, pregnant women, children less than seven years and adult above 65 years.

The identified spot to be cupped will be disinfected and after the process after hijamah oil will be applied on the cupped spots.

Precaution before Hijamah;

  • Check your PCV to confirm you suitable
  • Hijamah is best done on empty stomach, so do not eat minimum of three to four hours before hijamah
  • Avoid rigorous activities including sex a day before and immediately after

Precaution after Hijamah;

  • Drink hot water add honey or date syrup to give instant strength
  • If you feel dizzy or light headed, lye down with the legs above the heart
  • Never rest or sleep immediately after
  • Stay away from red meat, omegah3 rich food, diary rich food

Do not take shower immediately 

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