Hijama (Cupping) The Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, [Sahih al-Bukhari 5371] Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, The Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, [Sahih Muslim 5706]. He also (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, [Sahih Sunan abi Dawud 3861]. 1. What is Cupping Therapy ? Cupping Therapy is the application of either blood cupping or aggressive cupping techniques to prevent and treat diseases. Hijama (cupping) is of 3 types: Wet Hijama/Cupping: this is from the Sunnah of the Prophet (SallAllaahu alayhi wasallam). It involves the removal of harmful blood from just below the surface of the skin and it is recommended that it is administered by a hijama therapist. It should be administered at certain times of the day and days of the week (the Sunnah days) Dry Hijama/Cupping: the blood is gathered in the treated area, but no incisions are made, so the blood is not released. Dry Massage Hijama/Cupping: as with dry hijama, the blood is not released, but in addition, olive oil is applied to the skin to allow the hijama cups to be easily moved over the treated area, thus massaging the skin. They are not a Sunnah remedy but fall under the treatment for disease. 2. How does Cupping Therapy work ? Cupping Therapy gets rid of acidic toxic waste which accumulate in our bodies (blood stasis) as we grow older. Sources of toxic waste include the polluted air we breathe; toxic chemicals found in your food, water, drinks, household chemicals & toiletries; environmental waste in your neighbourhood; intoxicating drinks, narcotic drugs, junk food and smoking; waste products of normal body metabolism; products of medicinal drugs metabolism; impact of trauma and accidents on our body; and toxins from mental stress, anger, anxiety and depression.The blood stasis (stagnated or congested blood) slow down or block supply of blood via blood capillaries which deliver much needed oxygen, nutrients, water, mineral electrolyte, vitamins, enzymes, hormones and immune system cells & antibodies to your cells, tissues and organ. The blockage also prevent the removal of carbon dioxide, metabolic waste products and toxic substance which are excreted via our urine, lungs and skin. As a result your cells, tissues, and organs cannot function at its normal healthy level and become progressively weak, inefficient, and easily overcome by germs. This would cause tissue or organ to malfunction and infection to take place. Therefore you will experience symptoms of diseases such as aches and pain, numbness, fever, cough, stomach ache, constipation, diarrhoea and headaches. If left untreated further accumulation of toxic waste may lead to serious chronic diseases including hypertension, ulcers, diabetes, arthritis, alzheimer disease, migraine, heart disease, stroke and cancer 3. Disease treated by Cupping Therapy • Common cold and cough • Headaches including migraine • Breathing difficulties (asthma) • Diarrhea and constipation • Tonsillitis and sore throat • Stomach ache and heart burn • Hand, leg, neck and back pain • Neuralgia (nerve pain) • Athletes foot • Skin problems including pimples, oily skin, itch, dermatitis, liver spots • Chills at fingers and toes • Eye problems – myopia, early cataract, conjunctivitis • Alopecia (losing hair) • Allergy • Menstrual pain (endometriosis) • Leucorrhoea (whitish/yellowish discharge due to infection) • Infertility • Urinary incontinence • Hypertension (high blood pressure) • Hypotension (low blood pressure) • Angina pectoris (heart pain) • Periodontal (gum) disease • Hemorrhoid (piles) • Osteoarthritis and gout • Diabetes • Kidney malfunction (pre-dialysis) • Liver problem (hepatitis and fatty liver) • Losing memory and dementia (Alzheimer) • Stroke • Cancer 4. What diseases cannot be treated Cupping Therapy ? Diseases that cannot be treated by Cupping Therapy include- Congenital (present at birth) and genetic diseases like down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft lip, hole-in-heart, congenital dislocation of the hip.- Trauma and accidents for example broken bones and joints, open wound, torn muscles, tissue and organ damage, internal bleeding, and excessive bleeding. However Cupping Therapy can promote quicker recovery or healing of these conditions due to improved blood circulation. 5. Who are not suitable for cupping ? Children below 10 years old, adults above 70 years old, pregnant women, people recovering from surgery, weak & thin people suffering from lack of blood. and people with threatening conditions e.g. heart attack, asthmatic attack, trauma and accidents. 6. What does a person feel during or after cupping ? Cupping can be mildly or moderately painful. The degree of pain varies from person to person and the location of cupped areas on the same body. The sensation of pricking with needle (lancet) during cupping is quite similarly to insect bites. Post cupping symptoms varies between persons which include feeling relieved after cupping, feeling dizzy/weak/tired or not much sensation. 7. Is Cupping Therapy safe and free from side effects? Cupping is a safe therapy provided hygienic conditions are maintained before, during and after cupping. 8. What preparation to do before starting Cupping Therapy ? Cupping : Go for a sauna or hot body bath to stimulate blood circulation and promote release of blood stasis. Can also massage, apply hot towel or shine infra-red light on the cupped area to get the same effect. The patient should fast for at least 2-3 hours before being cupped, preferably all of the day (or the night before if having the treatment in the morning). On a full stomach, hijama causes vomiting and it is not a cure, it is a disease. 9. What is the frequency of cupping? Critical disease : e.g. stroke victims – 3 consecutive days and then weekly, preferably be be done done within 72 hours of onset of stroke. Serious disease : e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problem, asthma,high cholesterol, kidney malfunction, liver malfunction – weekly for few months Mild disease : e.g. fever, cough, muscular pain – every 3 to 7 days until get relieve.