Cupping or Hijama
Hijama also known as cupping is an ancient form of medical treatment. Wet cupping or Hijama was a common practice to treat ailments back in the time of our Prophet (PBUH). Hijama has its root from an Arabic word “Hajm” means “sucking.” Hijama technique involves sucking blood after application of specific cups on the specific affected areas of the body. Another study makes its derivation from the Arabic word “Hajama” which means “to minimize.” Both derivations of the word Hijama is correct as it is a procedure which minimizes the disease by sucking blood.
What is Hijama in Islam?
Hijama is a prophetic treatment used to treat various common disorders. Various Hadiths confirms that it is Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH). It was the common procedure done by Prophet (PBUH) and his fellows to treat the wide range of diseases. Unfortunately, Hijama was a forgotten Sunnah for a long time. But now because of its benefits, it is taking place as a common procedure to get cure from ailments. Wet cupping is now taking the place of allopathic treatment in various cultures across the globe. We Muslims must get benefit from it as our Prophet had told its benefits centuries ago which is now confirmed by Science also.
Numerous narrations are present in Hadith regarding Hijama as an effective approach to treat illnesses.
- Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhamad (PBUH) said “healing is to be found in three things: drinking honey, the knife of the cupper and cauterization of fire” (reported by Al-Bukhari, 10/136)
- Anas Ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “I did not pass by any group on the night when I was taken on night journey (Isra), but they said to me, “O Muhammad, tell your Ummah to do cupping” (reported by Ibn Maajah).
- Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “if there was something excellent to be used as a remedy than it is cupping (Hijama).” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan Ibn Majah).
There are many other Hadiths related to Hijama, but the above mentioned are enough to get an idea about its importance in Islam.
Best Time for Hijama According to Islam
Because HIjama is an Islamic procedure, therefore it has to be done on specific days and time to get the maximum benefit. According to Hadith narrations Hijama must be done on 17th, 19th and 21st of the Lunar month. You must avoid cupping on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. While Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays are recommended days for Hijama.
You might be wondering How Hijama is performed? Is it painful? No, Hijama is the non-invasive procedure which involves the application of cups (glass or plastic) on specific points which corresponds to specific illnesses. These cups create negative pressure. Due to this vacuum inside, the blood gathers due to negative pressure under the superficial skin. After pooling of blood, the cupping experts remove the cups and make the small vertical incision over the skin where blood pools due to the vacuum effect of cups. Cups are applied again to the same points. The blood starts to ooze out due to vacuum through the incisions. After the blood seeps out the cups are removed, and the expert cleans the area.
The main mechanism by which Cupping works in treating illnesses is that the blood which comes out contains toxins. As cupping removes toxin containing blood from the circulation, it gives place to fresh and healthy blood to circulate. The blood which is pulled outtakes with it all the disease-causing toxins. Ultimately, you will feel alleviation in the disease symptoms.
Hijama Points (Hijama Sunnah Points)
Cupping can be done at any point corresponding to the ailment. But our Holy Prophet (PBUH) took Hijama treatment at various specific points. And He demonstrated certain illnesses which can be cured by doing Hijama at these points. Therefore, we must also consider these Sunnah Points while taking or performing Hijama. There are total 9 Sunnah points. We will discuss some of the main points that mostly used.
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1. Centre of Head (Yafookh)
The first Sunnah point is at the head top. It is used to treat certain neurological conditions including a headache, epilepsy, sinusitis and many other emotional disturbances. Hadith narrations confirm that Prophet used this point during Cupping for treating Migraine headache.
2. Above Nape Cavity (Qamahduwah)
The second and third point is on the neck. Hijama at these points provides cure to almost 72 diseases according to narrations. Some of the diseases include digestive system problems, backache, stomach ache, etc. Hijama at this point also improves general well-being and improves your immunity to fight diseases.
3. Between the Shoulders (KAHIL)
The area between the shoulder blades is the one containing maximum toxins and impurities. Fourth, fifth and sixth points are on the shoulders. The most effective is in between the shoulders. Prophet (PBUH) took Hijama at this point according to narrations.
4. On the Waist
The seventh and eighth points are on both sides of the navel. Hijama at these point gives the cure for kidney problems, digestive system problems.
5. Top of Foot
The ninth Sunnah point is on the top of the foot. Hijama at this point on either foot cures a headache, constipation, certain psychiatric disorders and many others.
These nine Sunnah points remove not only toxic blood but also improves circulation throughout the body. It also helps to improve immunity thereby protecting you from getting disease easily. Improving immunity also makes your body able to fight against the diseases.
Hijama Treatment Benefits
Hijama is in use in many cultures since ancient times. Like Chinese has been using it to treat various ailments. Now Hijama is becoming popular in Europe too because of its uncountable benefits. We being Muslims use it as Sunnah, so Muslims gets the reward from Allah apart from other benefits. The mechanism of Hijama treatment is that it sucks out the toxic blood and promotes circulation of fresh blood. Toxins and other inflammatory substances are the main causative factors for diseases. Eliminating these causative factors can give you rid of the diseases.
Hijama Benefits for Skin
Cupping is in use for the variety of skin conditions because it promotes circulation of fresh blood. The blood containing toxins is flushed out by cupping, and because of this property, it heals many skin disorders. Some common disorders for which it is the best treatment includes eczema, scars, cellulitis and many others. As a result, Cupping detoxifies the blood and give you rid of such skin diseases.
Hijama Benefits for Weight Loss
Obesity is a widespread problem in today’s generation due to poor diet choices and sedentary lifestyle. The prophetic treatment of cupping has the role in reducing weight by improving metabolism (digestive system), removing toxins and elimination of water retention. It also works in weight loss by reducing emotional stress which as a result can help in increasing your determination for weight loss.
Hijama Benefits of Infertility
Regular Hijama treatment sessions can be helpful for the couple dealing with infertility issues. This treatment improves body organs functioning with the timely release of reproductive hormones. It helps in ovulation which is problematic in Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. As a result, by regulating hormones, it provides best non-invasive infertility treatment.
Hijama for Back Pain
Back pain is a widespread problem with which everyone has to deal in the lifetime. Cupping therapy provides most effective treatment for back pain. It causes the tense muscles to get relaxed and because of improved circulation helps in alleviating pain. It is the useful therapy for upper, middle or lower back pain.
Face Hijama Benefits
Acne is a common problem, especially in young boys and girls. Cupping provides effective treatment for acne. Acne is the build-up of inflammation and toxins under the skin of your face. Cupping effectively removes these causative factors and provide relief form this never-ending problem. Cupping is also helpful treatment approach for wrinkles, scars on the face. It tightens the skin making it glow and looks smooth which is also an anti-aging approach.
Hijama Points for Black Magic
Black magic is common in many cultures, and Cupping provides an effective approach to deal with it. The cupping points for black magic depends on the type of symptoms a person is experiencing. If you are experiencing delusions or hallucinations, the favorable cupping point will be head. If one is experiencing muscle rigidity or difficulty in moving, then the point will be between shoulders or neck. So depending on the severity of symptoms it can be done at various points to cure black magic.
Hijama Points for Hair Loss
Cupping is an effective way to deal with problems related to hair. Applying cups on the scalp, it opens the blocked hair follicles by removing stagnant blood thereby promoting blood circulation. As a result, new hair starts growing from the follicle and helps in regaining hair growth.
Hijama Points for Diabetes
Diabetes is a common metabolic disorder affecting many people. Diabetes symptoms occur due to excessive blood glucose levels. Cupping doesn’t cure diabetes, but it helps to relieve symptoms and maintain optimum blood sugar level. Cups are applied on the back at various points. The blood with more glucose is drawn out, and fresh blood circulates throughout the body with less glucose level.
Hijama After effects
Some after effects which can occur after cupping therapy includes:
- Disturbance in sleep patterns.
- Emotional disturbance or mood swings.
- Feeling weakness or tiredness
- Disturbance in urinary and bowel habits.
The severity of after effects vary from individual to individual. These after-effects occur because your body gets rid of toxic substances and now fresh blood with maximum energy and nutrients are flowing in your body. The body takes time to adjust to the recent changes. However, these after effects are normal and of no concern. These will subside after 12-24 hours.
Precautions After Hijama
Some important do’s and don’ts must be kept in mind after having supping therapy session, and these are:
- Do not take a shower for 24 hours after the therapy.
- Take rest and do not indulge yourself in any physical exertional work for at least 12 to 24 hours after cupping.
- Drink honey water after the session and avoid heavy meal.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Relax and try to have light exercise if you are not feeling too weak to do exercise.
So the cupping marks take 3 to 10 days to heal and disappear. You have to apply Black Seed oil on the marks.
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