Hijama is an Arabic version of traditional cupping therapy, which for Muslim people is at the same time medical and spiritual procedure.
Hijama Therapy is a helpful medicine honed for over 5,000 years. It spread to numerous countries far and wide over the long haul incorporating Middle East, China, Africa, South Asia, Russia, Central, South, East of USA, and Europe,
The initially archived records of its practice were discovered in the nineteenth century; the “Ebers Papyrus” began from Egypt.
Initially, Cupping included putting a buffalo horn on the skin and making a vacuum by orally sucking the air off the horn. This method brings sick, contaminated and lethal blood to the surface of the skin. Over the long run, different instruments were utilized, for example, bamboo glasses and glass containers.
In our office, Victor Tsan performs the traditional Hijama using sterile surgical tools.
HIJAMA and cupping
Hijama also was known as cupping therapy, and it is the Arabic name for wet cupping therapy where through the minor skin cuts blood is drawn using vacuum cups for medical and spiritual purposes. This treatment is a helpful medical procedure when a patient needs detoxification, the invigoration of blood circulation, or when he/she is experiencing blood and lymph stagnation symptoms in organs. Hijama also very effective for some infertility disorders when the ovulation not happens. Use of this form of cupping can stimulate all fragments of the menstrual cycle and in this way, help women to get pregnant. This method is likewise known to treat acute conditions like headaches, spinal pain and also one of the best known preventive procedure.
70% of illnesses, syndromes, aches and symptoms are because of the blood being unable to achieve certain parts of the human body. Dry cupping and dry massaging cupping forces the blood to achieve these spots.
Wet hijama – this is the methodology of utilizing a vacuum at distinctive focuses on the body yet with little cuts made on a specific points “release” blood which lies just underneath the surface of the skin. It is suggested that wet hijama is just managed by a medical professional specialist. There are specific points on the body where the cups are applied for each ailment.
It is accounted that the Prophet Muhammed said, “Indeed the best of cures you have been hijama and if there was something astoundingThis to be utilized as a cure then it is hijama.”
“Whoever performs hijama on the 17th, 19th or 21st day of the Islamic, lunar month then it is a cure for every disease” – You can read in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawud (3861) and then in Sahih Muslim (5706) in addition to the above: “Indeed in hijama there is a cure.”
Also, the Messenger said: “Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, she/he will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing…”
Why Have Hijama?
Abdullah Ibn Abbas said that the Messenger of Allah mentioned: “I didn’t pass by an angel from the angel on the night travel with the exception of that they all said to me: “Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with cupping .” The Prophet also told: “Cupping therapy / Hijama is the most supportive system for those people who need to cure themselves.” And again he said, “If there is any exceptional in your medical cure, it is in the cupping, eating honey, and moxibustion.
What Are The Benefits of Hijama?
Hijama is detoxifying the blood and stimulating the production of new blood cells. We are suffering from the increased percentage of toxins and poisons stored in our body from year to year. These poisonings come from processed food, alcohol and smoking as well as drugs we take resulting in different disorders and medical problems. The medical problems in which wet cupping is proven as one of the best cures are back pain, sports injuries, poor blood and lymph circulation, varicose veins, emotional and psychological disorders: depression, stress, panic attacks, and anxiety. Also, this ancient is helpful for treatment of bones problems, muscles, joints and nervous system, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain.
Hijama is also a great cure for digestive system disorders (like constipation and diarrhea).
Ancient rules for Hijama.
There are also some ancient rules for hijama that we are trying to follow very strict to give to our patients the most authenticated technique.
According to Ibn Umar, the Messenger said, “Hijama on an empty stomach is best. And it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory. So cup yourselves with the blessing of Allah on Thursday. Keep away from hijama on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to be safe. Perform hijama on Monday and Tuesday for it is the day that Allah saved Ayoub from a trial. He was inflicted with the trial on Wednesday. You will not find leprosy except on Wednesday or Wednesday night.”
As for the Islamic day and night, the night enters before the day. So at sunset on Tuesday, Wednesday night comes in. Hijama is best performed during the daytime between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM in a summer time and between 11 AM and 5 PM in a winter time.
The Sunnah most recommended days for the treatment every month are when the 17th, 19th or 21st of the Islamic, lunar month coincide with Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. These are the best and most beneficial days for this treatment.
“If one is not able to be cupped on the 17th, 19th or 21st (coinciding with Monday, Tuesday or Thursday) then any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of the month is good.”
Hijama May Be Used For:
Salma, the servant of the Messenger, said: “Whenever someone would complain of a headache to the Messenger of Allah he would advise them to perform hijama.” Also, Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger was cupped on his head for a unilateral headache.
2. Magic (fears, anxiety…).
Ibn al-Qaiyum mentions in Quran that the Messenger was cupped on his head when he was afflicted with magic and that it is from the best of cures for this if performed correctly.
Abdullah Ibn Abbas reported that a Jewish woman gave poisoned meat to the Messenger, so he asked her: “What caused you to do that?” She replied, “If you are a Prophet then Allah will inform you of it and if you are not then I would save the people from you!”. When the Messenger felt discomfort from this poison, he performed cupping hijama that kept him alive.
4. Strengthening Intelligence and Memory.
Ibn Umar y reported that the Messenger said, “Hijama on an empty stomach is best. It is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory…”
Jaabir ibn Abdullah reported that the Messenger fell from his horse onto the trunk of a palm tree and dislocated his foot. “Messenger was cupped
on (his foot) for bruising and was cured.”
6. Hijama While fasting Or In The State Of Ihram
Anas ibn Maalik was asked: “Did you dislike cupping for the fasting person?” He said, “No except for the reason of one becoming weak.”
Areas of Cupping (Hijama)
Anas ibn Maalik reported that the Messenger was treated with cupping (hijama) three times on the two veins at the side of the neck and the base of the neck.
Abdullah Ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger r was cupped on his head.
Abdullah ibn Umar reported that the Messenger used to cup his top of the head
Jaabir ibn Abdullah reported that the Messenger was treated with hijama on his hip for pain in that area.
Anas ibn Maalik reported that the Messenger was treated with hijama on the top of his foot, for pain in that area.
Hijama at the bottom of the chest is beneficial for the treatment of sores, scabies, and mange on the thighs. It helps against gout, hemorrhoids, elephantiasis and itchiness on the back.
Hijama For Women
Jaabir ibn Abdullah reported Umm Salama asked permission from the Messenger to be treated with hijama. So the Messenger ordered Abu Teeba to cup her. Jaabir ibn Abdullah said, ” I think that Abu Teeba is her brother through breastfeeding or a young boy who didn’t reach puberty.”
Same sentences about Hijama from Quran in plain English:
Wet cupping is an excellent form of preventative and curative therapy. Below are some of the problems in which hijama helps:
- It boosts the circulatory and immune systems,
- Cleanses and detoxifies the body
- Treats illness and relaxes the patient
- Forces fertility system
Common ailments that are treated by hijama are:
- Unexplainable pain or pain in general
- Joint pain
- Pulled or tight muscles
- Poor blood circulation and blockages
- Constipation or IBS
- And much more…….
This ancient Arabic cupping therapy treatment available at Viva Healthy Life and performed by Victor Tsan, MD who graduated special course of education with Muslim practitioner.